Understanding
Mental Health

Knowledge and awareness removes barriers and creates opportunity
for change

Empowering individuals with education

The key to positive and sustainable change in the way we address mental health as a community is awareness and education. Having the basic tools to identify the more common signs and symptoms can be the key to someone living with a mental health disorder reaching out for support or and individual reaching out to support a loved one.

 

“I believe knowing the signs of a mental health condition like depression is just as important as knowing resuscitation”.

Man Anchor | #letstalk

Mental Health – The Facts

1 in 8 Men Will Suffer From Depression

1 in 5 Men will suffer from Anxiety

Suicide is the leading cause of death in males between the ages of 15 & 44.

1 in 5 Women Will Suffer From Depression

1 in 3 Women will suffer from Anxiety

1 in 10 women will experience depression while pregnant.

1 in 7 will experience depression during the first year after birth.

1 in 7 Young Australians Will Have a Mental Health Disorder

1 in 35 young Australians (4-17) a depressive disorder.

1 in 14 young Australians (4-17) a anxiety disorder.

Evidence suggests three in four adult mental health conditions emerge by the age 24 and half by the age of 14. 

3,128 people died from intentional self-harm in 2017

Rising 9.1% from 2,866 in 2016

75.2% of suicides were male

8 people suicide each day 6 males 2 females.

For every death by suicide it’s estimated there are 30 attempts which is approximately 65,300 a year.

Understanding The Signs

THE COMMON SIGNS OF A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

Behaviours 

  • Withdrawn
  • Not able to complete tasks
  • Relying on alcohol or drugs
  • Lack of concentration 
  • Abstaining from social events

Feeling

  • Overwhelmed
  • Guilty
  • Irritable
  • Frustrated
  • Low Confidence
  • Unhappy
  • Indecisive
  • Disappointed
  • Miserable
  • Sad

Physical

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick & run down
  • Headaches & muscle pain
  • Churning stomach
  • Loss or change in appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain.

Common Triggers

THE COMMON TRIGGERS OF MENTAL HEATH CONDTIONS

  • Stress
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Traumatic events
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Alcohol & Drug abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bullying & intimidation
  • Social pressures & expectations
  • Financial expectations
  • Work place pressures
  • Personal unrealistic expectations
  • Discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity
  • Domestic Violence’s
  • Infertility & perinatal loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

Need Support?

Man Anchor does not provide crisis intervention or counselling services directly. If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis and need immediate help please contact one of the services listed below. They are trusted, experienced organisations that may be able to offer you the assistance you need. We also encourage you to contact your doctor who can put you in touch with a  mental health professional.

For more options please visit our Crisis Support page

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