Life brings with it many challenges and unexpected situations, and some of the most common life experiences – such as the death of a loved one, illness, relationship breakdowns, and unemployment – can trigger a mental health issue. In fact, around 20 per cent of Australians encounter a mental health issue in any given year, and 7.3 million people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The most common conditions include anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders (such as with alcohol), and their symptoms and severity vary from person to person.
Choosing to see a professional is an important step towards bettering your mental health in the immediate and long term. Your mental health has a tremendous impact on your overall wellbeing, and working with a trained professional can help you think more clearly, sort through problems, improve your relationships, and give you strategies to navigate difficult situations.
As with the variety of conditions, there are a number of different mental health professionals who may be able to help you. However, if you’re experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts, call Lifeline immediately on 131 114. The phone service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online chat and text services are available during specified times.