Health & Wellness

Make Your Mental Health & Well Being A Priority

October 5, 2015
Mental Health Week

There was a time when talking about Mental Health was discouraged. People were pidgeon-holed and the subject was not raised.

Women who felt depressed were told to ‘take a Bex and have a good lie down’. Men had to hide their feelings as it was not considered ‘manly’ to show emotion.  A man who showed emotion was considered weak.

Mental Health Week

However, mental health is a huge issue today. Stress and anxiety is wide spread and is a particular problem in the workplace. Domestic violence, sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are all on the increase.  We need to do something about it and stop closing our minds to the importance of a ‘healthy mind’.

To some extent it is still difficult for people to admit they are struggling because they don’t want others to judge them.

Make your mental health & well being a priority

Fortunately, there are organisations that are spreading the word to educate society on the importance of mental health.

The spotlight on Mental Health is ‘Mental Health Week’  with World Mental Health Day is October 10.

Workplaces in particular are encouraged to provide Mental Health Awareness programs for their staff.

Mental Health Australia is promoting a campaign asking people to make a personal mental health promise to themselves at the website  The aim is to get people to realise that their mental health and well-being starts with them.

“The Act-Belong-Commit campaign is a world first mental health promotion program developed by Curtin University in Western Australia. The campaign is unique in that it targets the whole population and is focussed on mental health, rather than mental illness.”

Make yourself a promise to look after you mental health as well as your physical health?

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DO SOMETHING FOR YOU – If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, however mild. seek help.  If you know someone who is struggling with mental health encourage them to seek professional help.

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  • Reply Jennifer Abel October 11, 2015 at 17:21

    Another great post Sue. Mental illness is a reality and we are lucky that it is no longer kept in the dark. Thank you for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom

    • Reply sue October 12, 2015 at 04:59

      Yes it is such a step forward that society even mentions mental health now. Still more work to be done but moving forward nonetheless. Thanks for commenting and being a great co-host at #WednesdaysWisdom.

  • Reply Rosemond October 13, 2016 at 04:25

    Thank you so much for sharing. We need to break the stigma of talking about mental health. Why do we treat anxiety or depression any differently than high blood pressure or arthritis? Appreciate you sharing your thoughts and tips. Sharing with many!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 14, 2016 at 06:07

      We keep saying the stigma has gone but it hasn’t. We need to treat mental health as an illness which needs treatment and people need to be constantly encouraged to ask for help – especially men. Society has made us feel that we are inadequate if we aren’t coping but God, life is tough sometimes and a friend or therapist are just what we need – without judgement.

  • Reply Margaretha Montagu October 13, 2016 at 05:10

    It is true that we talk about it a bit more easily, but as you said, Sue, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many patients who seek help do not start or soon stop their medication – mostly because there is still such a stigma about taking medication for mental illness.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 14, 2016 at 06:11

      I couldn’t agree more Margaretha – still a long way to go and I think Men find it even harder to open up. We just have to keep working on making people feel comfortable talking about their issues.

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