Mental Health: What you need to know

This week is Mental Health Week. Here at The Yummy Mummy Club we want to recognise the common burden of mental illness, support anyone who may be affected, and hopefully become more familiar with protecting healthy minds. When we think of “mental illness or poor mental health,” we often think of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. Yes mental illness does include such diseases,  but  it doesn’t stop there.

Here are some things you should know, when it comes to Mental Health

  1. Everyone can be affected in some way

Anyone can get affected with mental illness with one in five Australian’s fighting mental illness. Mental illness is one of the highest causes of morbidity in Australia. When someone we know is facing mental ill-health, those close to them get affected too.

  1. Despite mental illness being as common as it is, there is still a stigma surrounding it. With this stigma, no-one comes a barrier which affects the acceptability of, and therefore affects the ability to reduce and prevent and diagnosis and recovery.
  2. Mental illness is a challenge faced by nearly 450 million people world wide. This burden is complicated by a lack of treatment available in some developing countries
  3. Your mental health has a direct impact on your overall well-being, including your physical health.

Sign of Mental Illness:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling unhappy
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight or appetite changes
  • Changes in behaviour or feelings

A mental illness may start out as subtle changes to a person’s feelings, thinking and behaviour. Ongoing and significant changes could be a sign that they have or are developing a mental health issue. If something doesn’t seem ‘quite right’, it’s important to start the conversation about getting help.

Until recently, mental health illness was just something that we never spoke about. Mental ill-health is growing, and has become of great concern. With mental health week and other campaigns, we are now more aware of mental health and recognising the sign. It is important to speak to a health care practitioner and some you trust if you notice someone around you, if or you yourself,  show signs of mental illness or needs your help.

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Tammy Kacev

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