“Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Mental illness is a recognized, medically diagnosable illness that results in the significant impairment of an individual’s cognitive, affective or relational abilities. Mental disorders result from biological, developmental and/or psychosocial factors and can be managed using approaches comparable to those applied to physical disease (i.e., prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation).”
Mental Health Month
October Mental Health Month for 2017 is coming up. The theme this year is: “Share the Journey. Connecting with others is important for our health and survival. Research tells us that feeling connected, valued and loved by others gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness. Close connections and good relationships with others allows us to enjoy the good times in our lives and helps us deal with the hard experiences we face…” – Mental Health Month Website
Blue Fringe Arts celebrates and acknowledges the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness. Based in the Blue Mountains, Blue Fringe supports and encourage artists, writers, photographers to produce and display their work.
You can collect entry forms for Blue Fringe from the Centre. Entries close 12th of October 2017.
The Springwood Neighbourhood Centre runs a twice monthly group for people with lived experiences of mental illness who wish to use artistic expression. The group has done things such as card making, knitting, watercolours and so forth. For more information, see the flyer HERE.
–The Dementia Carer’s Support Group is a bi-monthly support group for people who are carer’s of loved one’s suffering dementia.
– 24 HOUR COUNSELLING/SUPPORT SERVICES:
Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Lifeline: 13 11 14
beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Domestic Violence Line: 1800 656 463
NSW Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 424 017
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (6 free sessions of telephone counselling)
Family and Carer Mental Health is a program run by UnitingCare Mental Health. Some useful information for carers can be found HERE.
Becoming overworked and overstressed is a significant problem in Australia. Working long hours and overtime contributes to a poor work/life balance, which can have serious mental health effects. Here are some tips for starting to cut back on those long hours.