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WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Seven Ways to keep Mentally Healthy

  1. We all relax in different ways. Work out how you relax and do it regularly, not just when you need it. Remember that good sleep is very important.
  2. Try to spend time with good company: friends, neighbours, family, work colleagues and school friends.
  3. Spend time regularly with yourself, away from all demands. Look after yourself by thinking of things you might enjoy such as reading a book, taking a walk and listening to some music.
  4. Imagine some simple changes to your routines, which may increase your positive feelings. Get out of bed earlier, meet some new people or read a daily newspaper.
  5. If you are worrying about something, try to understand your thoughts and the reasons for them by writing the problem down and talking to someone about the problem.
  6. Set some realistic goals for yourself and once achieved set new ones.
  7. Exercise regularly, ideally about 20 minutes each day, and eat healthy nourishing food.

It is normal for people to have problems, but sometimes these problems can seem to take over our lives. Some people will become very upset or sad because someone has died, lost their job, a relationship has ended or they are experiencing poor health. Other people will worry about problems at home such as money matters or problems with their children or spouse. Everyone responds differently to things that happen around them.

Sometimes our behavior becomes uncharacteristic. Some of the ways we show that we are not coping very well can be spending too much time on our own, not sleeping properly, not wanting to go to school or work, developing different eating habits, feeling confused or unaccountably angry.

These problems will usually sort themselves out over time, but you can speed up the process by:

  • Talking to friends and family about your problems;
  • Giving yourself some time-out—give your brain a breather;
  • Looking after yourself—drink and smoke less, eat healthy food, get adequate sleep, get some exercise;
  • Talking to a counsellor, a doctor, your local community health centre or church advisor.

Sometimes people may experience more serious mental health problems; for example, ‘nervous breakdown’, depression, stress, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar, personality disorders, obsessive disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, post and ante natal depression and dementia.

If you think you have a mental health problem you can get help from Community Mental Health Services. These services may include psychiatric hospitals, housing services and recovery support services.

So if you wish to discuss your problem and find out where local services are, you can do any of the following:

  • Contact your general practitioner, your local community mental health service or your local public hospital. For information about a range of mental health services, programs or support groups contact the Mental Health Foundation Australia on the number below.
  • Phone the Telephone Interpreter Service on: 131 450. This service can link you to an interpreter who speaks your language and can help you find your local community mental health service.
  • Phone: Lifeline 131 114 Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 SuicideLine 1300 651 251

Contact Us: Mental Health Foundation Australia 1300 MHF AUS (1300 643 287)