How Common are Mental Health Issues?
If you or a loved one are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please contact triple zero. Lifeline Australia is a 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention hotline, contact 13 11 14.
Mental health issues are among the most common health problems in higher-income countries. According to Beyond Blue, one in six Australians is currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both. You may be one of them, and you’re not alone.
There is no shame or guilt to be felt about not feeling quite right. It’s a reality that one in four Australians will experience an anxiety condition at some stage in their life. One in seven will face a depression experience. While these figures point to an epidemic, it also means that more money is being spent on research and treatment of these issues.
Rokeby GP’s doctors are advocates for the awareness and treatment of mental health disorders, and can assist with creating a mental health plan – which can financially subsidise up to 6 sessions with a psychologist. Patients with a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan can claim a Medicare rebate of approximately $120 per psychotherapy session.
Studies show that maintaining balanced mental health is not merely a matter of the mind. We’re complex beings; many lifestyle factors such as your environment, relationships, diet, and physical activity all have an impact on our body’s systems and mental well being. Genetics also play a part, but we believe that all mental health issues are manageable with time, the right plan and the right medical help.
Helpful mental wellbeing resources.
There are now hundreds of apps available to help with mental wellbeing, and the below is just a selection you may want to explore further. Apps and online resources cannot and should not be used in place of medical advice, though they may be a beneficial support tool alongside the advice of your doctor.
The one for parents
Cute, joyous animations make the content accessible even to younger children. While it’s creator Andy Puddicombe is a Buddhist monk, he’s created a secular, science-backed mindfulness app. (Free, with in-app purchases)
The one for variety
Daily meditations, audio courses on creativity and sleep stories with celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Matthew McConaughey. The latest version is compatible with Apple Watch, to offer breathing and walking exercises. (Free, with in-app purchases)
The one for skeptics
Apple’s Best of 2018 Award-Winner, this app was designed for meditation and mindfulness skeptics. Created by ex-news anchor Dan Harris, after he had a panic attack on live TV, the app and related podcast offer practical strategies for those who’ve struggled with meditation before. (Free, with in-app purchases)
Depression and bipolar disorder: blackdoginstitute.org.au
Anxiety disorders: crufad.org
Perinatal and general mental health: beyondblue.org.au
General psychiatric problems: psychcentral.org
Regarding Self Harm
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of self harm, seek professional counselling immediately such as calling Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 (24 hours). According to the World Health Organisation, one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide. Each death is a tragedy for the person and those they leave behind.
This October is World Mental Health Month. Rokeby GP encourages all patients to regularly check in with their own mental health and that of their loved ones.