I sit here on a Friday morning at 6.00 am and wonder why there still is a stigma around mental illness? We have days like “R U OK” & “Beyond Blue” and more but still people are scared to come out for fear of “what will people think?”
I find that as a nation we need to finally give the recognition of what this illness is part of any illness such as; diabetes, heart conditions, pain etc. I know we have made a progress, but it still requires courage to say “I am not well”, I need help.
When someone exhibits any forms of “depression”, don’t be afraid to ask if there is something wrong! Go on your gut instinct. Your question could impact on the life of one person who thinks that no-one cares!
I am passionate about this subject. I used to be a volunteer crisis support worker on the lines of ‘Lifeline’ and let me say, it is a eye-opening and humbled opportunity to do this. I know I am unable to this right now. It is my goal to go back on the phones.l
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There are so many forms of ‘mental illness’ but yet people don’t understand how alone people are. Aged people especially if the have lost a partner are in a world of trouble. You then have those young ones that ring and share a story of bullying or self-harm, do we as a society recognise that we need to step in early so this does not become a cycle of relapse etc.