Don’t put mental health out of mind

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

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