8 facts you may not know about Mental Health
To embrace the theme of Learn & Grow for Mental Health Month, we’ve put together 8 facts about Mental Health that you may not know:
- Nearly half (45%) of the Australian population will experience a mental illness/disorder at some stage in their lives
- Many kinds of treatment options are available and not all involve medication
- The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders
- During a one-year period, anxiety disorders will affect 14% of the population and depression will affect 6%
- Most people with a mental illness are treated in the community, with most consulting their GPs
- Suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 years. It claims eight lives every day – more than road accidents or cancer
- Many violent people have no history of mental disorder and most people with mental illness (90%) have no history of violence
- Many people experiencing mental illness delay seeking help because they are frightened by the illness and fear stigma and discrimination. Reducing the stigma will encourage more people to seek help early.
Take a look through the Samaritans website to read more on the Mental Health services we can offer you. You can also phone 1300 656 336.
If this article raises immediate concerns for you, please contact Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support service on 13 11 14 or seek immediate help from a GP, psychiatrist or a psychologist. You can read more facts about mental health in the references below.