We know it’s been a tough twelve months (and it doesn’t seem to be ending just yet).
Challenging times can take a toll on mental health, yours and the mental health of those around you, including individuals you are supporting.
Careseekers was delighted to host a free online webinar with Kim Collins, a Beyond Blue ambassador.
During the CS Talks Webinar, Kim generously shared the story of her own mental health journey and gave key insights into how we can all support people with mental health issues and/or help us check in with our own mental health and well being. Adding to this, Kim created a warm and safe space for those attending the webinar to share their own stories and ask important questions around this subject.
So, how can you support someone with mental health issues?
Recognising when something is not right
Signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression can remain unrecognised or may be attributed to life stages, stressful times, hormones or personality traits. It can be common for people not to feel comfortable discussing mental health issues due to stigma or negative views about mental health, misconceptions and a lack of knowlege about the associated signs and symptoms.
A conversation can make all the difference
Talking to someone can help someone with mental health issues feel less alone and more supported. According to Beyond Blue, raising the subject with the person you are supporting may take some planning and thought but it is important not to hesitate to talk to someone you are worried about. Raise the topic in a way that is comfortable and genuine. Explain why you are concerned, the things you have noticed and why you are worried about them. They may not be ready to talk about it but at least they will know you care and are willing to have the conversation.
Supporting someone to see a health professional
Supporting someone to see a health professional about anxiety and/or depression can be really difficult. But if you've had a conversation with them about their mental health already, it's important to keep up the momentum and keep encouraging them to seek professional support. A great place to start with with their GP.
Emergency and crisis situations
Sometimes when a person has severe mental health issues or their condition deteriorates rapidly, they might think about harming themselves or attempting suicide. If the situation is urgent and you are concerned that the person is in immediate danger, call the person's doctor, a mental health crisis line or dial 000. It is a good idea to keep these numbers handy.
For more information visit Beyond Blue - they have fantastic fact sheets, FAQ, online chat and forums.
Thank you once again to the wonderful Kim Collins.
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