Mental Health Issues

There is so much information available today about Mental Health.  It seems like everyone is talking about it. Social media, TV, sporting clubs. But what are we actually meaning when we talk about Mental Health?

Often it’s used to describe things like depression or anxiety, eating disorders or bi-polar. However, The World Health Organization defines Mental Health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

That’s a twist! It’s about wellness not illness! Beyond Blue explains that to experience mental health implies increased learning, creativity and productivity, social behaviour and positive social relationships. It also results in improved physical health and life expectancy. Mental health is about being emotionally, cognitively and socially healthy.

Yet many people experience some mental health conditions that impact daily life and relationships.  It can even have harsh outcomes such as suicide.

Depression and anxiety are two common mental health conditions that impact many people.  There are also a range of mood disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders that impact wellbeing. Mental health is complex, but information and support can make a huge difference to wellbeing! Seeking assistance from a skilled counsellor can be the start to a new you!