Mental health isn’t a perceived stigma
GPs urge community to talk about mental health
A RECENT Australian Journal of Rural Health report has revealed a third of rural and remote Australians suffering moderate to high psychological distress don’t think they have a problem, which shows a need for increased mental health education for patients around rural Australia.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners rural chair, Dr Ayman Shenouda has called upon residents to visit their GP when they feel things aren’t right.
“Mental health is the main reason Australians visit their GP,” Dr Shenouda said.
“We continue to see patients who have a perceived stigma of mental health.
“It is important we remove any stigma associated with seeking help, as untreated conditions can have huge long term effects on patient’s health,” Dr Shenouda said.
“GPs are dedicated to helping all community members with any mental health issue, a general practice is a safe and trusted place for patients to raise their concerns in a private manner. “We encourage residents, as well as their friends and families to reach out for professional assistance when struggling with mental health issues.
“A conversation with a GP can be just that – a conversation, but it can also be the start of a journey to treat mental health and assist in times of need,” he said.