Mental health has risen to prominence in recent years, as communities and governments alike have come to understand that each year one in five Australians will experience a mental illness.
For those in regional areas, dealing with mental health issues can often be complicated by the distance from help and professional services. In particular, suicide rates in regional Australia have risen over the past 30 years. Here are some tips from WFI for keeping mentally healthy.
Don’t let yourself become isolated. Get out and join local social, sporting and community groups. Visit your neighbours. Make an effort to stay connected with the people in your life and encourage others to do the same. Just being around other people, talking to people, is great for your mental health and wellbeing.
Having a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, taking exercise and not indulging in smoking or drug taking all go a long way towards supporting your physical wellbeing. An active and healthy lifestyle is also a proven benefit to an individual’s mental health.
Sometimes things happen you can do nothing about. Relationships dissolve. We become ill, old or frail. We all know these sorts of events are a part of life, but that doesn’t make them easy to deal with. It is important for your mental health to learn to accept the things you cannot change and focus instead on parts of your life you have more control over.
If times are starting to get tough, it’s important to work out how to tackle the problems you’re facing before they become overwhelming. Take a step back and work out a plan. You might be able to do that all on your own, or perhaps you’ll need help — like engaging a financial advisor. Don’t be afraid to get an expert in to help you. The important thing is to set realistic goals and develop plans for achieving them. Don’t just set big goals, set smaller goals that help you achieve the larger target, too.
If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety or any other kind of mental health issue or are struggling to cope, the first thing to know is: you are not alone. If you’re not coping or need help, reach out. Talk to your family or friends. Alternatively, get in touch with professional services, like your doctor, Lifeline, or Beyond Blue. Sometimes it helps just to talk.
THESE ARE 24/7 NATIONAL CRISIS SERVICES
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|Suicide Call Back Service||1300 659 467|
|Kids Helpline||1800 551 800|
|MensLine Australia||1300 789 978|
|Beyond Blue||1300 224 636 or chat online at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support|
|SANE Australia Helpline||1800 187 263|
|Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service||1800 011 046|
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