Are you the 1 in 5?
According to a survey in 2007 by the Australian Beureau of Statistics, 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 had a mental illness that year. The survey while indicative of the spread of the problem, didn’t count people in prisons, hostels for the homeless and refugees, homeless, hospitals or aged care facilities. It would be fair to say that a larger percentage amongst these groups of people had some form of mental illness compared to people living in their own homes so the figure is more likely to be 1 in 3.
To make these figures real, think about how many friends you have, how many relatives you have, how many people in your workplace and neighbourhood. Chances are altogether, you know more than 5 people and that means statistically everyone in Australia will know someone who has a diagnosable mental illness. In every workplace where there’s 5 or more employees there will probably be someone with a diagnosable mental illness. Do you know which ones? Can you tell? Would you know what to look for if you did?
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
The Mental Health First Aid course covers the warning signs and risk factors of Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Suicide Ideation, Non Suicidal Self Injury and Substance Use Disorders. It blows away some common myths about mental illness and attempts to inform and educate people in how to support a friend or stranger who’s having a mental health crisis.
Most people have done a First Aid course at some point in their lives just in case we need to call upon it in an emergency. With the growing rise in people struggling with mental illness, it would make sense to do the Mental Health First Aid course too. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link here for further information