Today, in Australia, is Hat Day for shining a light on mental health and research. One thing that often astounds me is the attitude many people toward mental health; often treating it as though it is not as important as our physical health and we are just naturally expected to be generally content with life.
Yet in each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness* including illnesses such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse disorder, schizophrenia and more. This shows that these illnesses are common and should be treated as so, not treated as though someone should just “get over it” or as though they’re “just having a bad day.”
Just within the last year two young men I knew myself and two men members of my family knew took their own lives. Research has shown that women are more likely than men to seek assistance and services for mental illness*. Seeing the families of four men in absolute despair as a result of failing to seek or accept adequate help has really illustrated to me that this fact cannot be accepted or ignored and the stigma surrounding help with mental illness must be destroyed because mental illness is as serious as a physical disease as it is just as likely to be fatal.
So why not today, chuck on a hat and have a talk about mental health.
*Information from Mindframe.
Other bloggers talking about mental health:
- Allison at Sydney Fashion Hunter
- Emma at I Am Emma Wilson
- Alex at Sincerely Alex
- Rebekah at Oh Nine Ten Studio
- Rachel at A La Modest
- Tillia at The Logical Writer
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