One in five Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.
Today is World Mental Health Day, a day that Australia’s peak mental health body, Mental Health Australia, encourages individuals, workplaces and communities to promise to shed a more positive light on this topic.
And whilst it is important to have days like this to raise awareness and start conversations, what’s even more important is to consider the mental health of you, and those surrounding you, every day.
So, what small, daily steps can you take to help you keep your mental health in check? What tips can you give family, friends or colleagues? Mental Health Australia shares their top tips with us below:
Live in the present
Being stuck in the past or worrying about the future is bad for your mental health. Reduce stress by learning to fully appreciate what’s right in front of you.
To increase wellbeing and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Disconnect to reconnect
Consider how your tech habits might be preventing you from really tuning-in to those around you and those you love.
Get an early night
Getting enough sleep is good for your mind and body. Sleep helps you feel energised, stay focused and protects your mental health.
At every life stage, as a great way to keep the mind active and boost your confidence. Learn a new skill, take up a language, or simply read a book!
Get to know the neighbours
For reduced isolation and a stronger community. Neighbours can even expand your social circle and be a wonderful source of support.
To improve your mood and reduce anxiety. Time outdoors has a positive effect on mental as well as physical health.
Eat a healthy diet and limit caffeine and alcohol. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health!
Taking action may not be as hard as you think. Talking to friends, family or your GP is a great starting point. GPs can make a diagnosis, discuss treatment options, and refer you for appropriate support if needed.
Even starting out small and making a few of these changes can help you to start forming mentally-healthy habits.
Having a job is important to your mental health and wellbeing, so we provide you with the mentoring, training support and guidance you need to thrive at work. We also work closely with employers across Australia to ensure people with mental health conditions are supported.
If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate medical attention, please call 000.
If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis help is available.
No one needs to face their problems alone. Call Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14
References: This article references information provided from Mental Health Australia’s ‘1O Promises to help shed a more positive light on mental health’ campaign fact sheet.