‘Anxiety is largest mental health issue’
MENTAL health awareness group Beyondblue announced on Sunday the majority of Australians do not know what the most common mental heath problem is. A survey conducted by the organisation revealed only 13% of the 1400 Australians surveyed correctly said anxiety was the most prevalent issues in Australia.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said depression was the most common mental health issue. CEO of Beyondblue, Georgie Harman, said anxiety is a major issue in Australia.
“In any given year, more than two million Australians will experience anxiety, double the number who experience depression,” Ms Harman said.
“We all feel anxious sometimes, but when those feelings are long lasting, overwhelming and unusually focused on the worst case scenario, these can be signs of an anxiety condition.”
The results come out in conjunction with the organisation launching their Know When Anxiety is Talking campaign.