Don’t put mental health out of mind
SOMETIMES all it takes is knowing someone is there to talk to.
Other times, a conversation is needed to help when the going gets tough.
Research from Lifeline suggests that those living rurally face unique hurdles when it comes to seeking help for issues relating to mental health.
Greater awareness is fundamental in decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness and ultimately in reducing the number of people who suffer from mental health issues.
The sheer number of us directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues is larger than what one might expect and families and friends of those who are struggling may not realise that a loved one is suffering.
While mental health issues can touch people living anywhere, the peculiarities that come with living in rural areas can lead some to feel isolated or alone.
It’s important to remember to ask for help when times are tough just as it’s important to make sure that the people around you are doing ok.
Help is only a phone call away.
Lifeline Australia can be reached on 13 11 14.
BeyondBlue can be reached on 1300 22 4636.