Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad...That is because all of us may experience these at every point in our life, this is what makes our mental health unique.
Our Mental Health is a very important aspect of our life. It is holistic state of our well-being, our feelings, and our psyche. It affects how we think, feel and act (or react), it guides us on how we choose or decide on things. It has a huge influence on how we navigate around and cope with everyday challenges and stressors we face as we interact with others or perform our daily activities.
What if I dont feel OK?
Experiencing difficult life stages (e.g. death of loved ones, emotional break-ups, and loss of significant person or things) leave significant cracks in our life, sometimes we learn to patch it up and move on, and others have lasting effects. When the latter happens, we feel imbalanced, feel overwhelmed with emotions, feel depressed and generally, not feeling OK at all.
Experiencing mental illness can be quite challenging and can be debilitating making it difficult to go
about with your daily life, at home, at school, at work or in your relationships.
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Feeling sad or down, Extreme mood changes of highs and lows, Excessive anger, hostility or leaning towards violence
Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
Withdrawal from friends and activities, Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations, Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
Problems with alcohol or drug use
Major changes in habits
Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headaches, or other unexplained aches and pains.
When to see a doctor
If you or someone you know experience any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek help and see a mental health professional. Most mental illnesses don't improve on their own, and if untreated, a mental illness may get worse over time and cause serious problems.
Our caring medical team is always ready to provide confidential advice, treatment, referral and further information for related health concerns.
Everyone is welcome to us on call (03) 9544-1555 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have suicidal thoughts
Suicidal thoughts and behaviour are common with some mental illnesses. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right away! Call 000 or your local emergency number immediately.
Helping a loved one
If your loved one shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with him or her about your concerns. You may not be able to force someone to get professional care, but you can offer encouragement and support.