‘Anx­i­ety is largest mental health is­sue’

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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