Last month, the World Health Organisation released a report
detailing the prevalence of depression and other common mental disorders in
countries throughout the world. It put Australia as the third most depressed
country, coming an equal second place with Estonia and the U.S with a reported
5.9% of the population effected by the mental health issue. As disorders such
as depression and anxiety continue to worsen throughout the country, the
question must be asked – how can we forge a healthier, happier population?
The first step is awareness. Although we have certainly come
a long way over the past few years, there is still undoubtedly a stigma associated
with mental health issues – something that we cannot afford to be complacent
with. More than 300 million people are affected by depression worldwide, making
it the leading cause of disability and ill health. A condition that effects so
many people deserves to be addressed with a sense of urgency and commitment,
but we can’t do that if those who are suffering feel ashamed, judged or scared
of speaking up about how they’re feeling.
But the stigma attached to mental health is only the
beginning of the issue. Governments need to invest more of their budget into
caring for the mental wellbeing of their people. Greater resources – such as
psychologists, awareness and prevention programs and medication – need to be
provided to those who are experiencing some form of mental illness, as this is
the only way that they will be able to overcome the problems they are facing.
As a society, we must be more proactive in the way we
approach mental health and wellness. It’s not enough to simply respond to the
problem once it has arisen; we must also put structures in place to prevent
these conditions from occurring in the first place, while also learning to
recognise the first signs as soon as possible.
Our Mental Health Awareness Course aims to equip people with
knowledge of mental health issues as well as the skills to communicate with
those who may be affected. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
If you'd like to enquire about a mental health awareness course contact us here.