Nearly half of all Australians (45 per cent) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that do not will most likely know someone who does.
Mental Health Week focuses on reducing the stigma and confusion around mental health.
It is important to make sure that as many people as possible know what mental illness looks like and what can be done to treat it. Even if it is not an issue for you right now, it might be one day soon.
Mental health doesn't discriminate against cultures.Mental Health Foundation of Australia vice chairperson Vassan Srinivasan
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is "a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community".
Part of people's mental wellbeing is created by having positive and supportive connections within their community.
Those suffering from mental illness often have to go through a long process of trying out different treatments to find out what works best for them. They may also go undiagnosed for long periods.
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"Mental health doesn't discriminate against cultures. Culturally appropriate and sensitive mental health interventions are very important," Mental Health Foundation of Australia vice chairperson Vassan Srinivasan said.
Having a mental illness can be lonely and the shame and stigma associated with it can drive people into a shell that is difficult to come out of. In a world increasingly connected through technology, it is still common for people experiencing a mental illness to feel isolated.
They haven't figured out how to make computers that give you a hug, yet, so people need a space to be together, to feel safe to talk about what they are going through.
It was thought that with the connections now available on the internet, support groups might fall out of fashion, but while technology offers a great portal for people, it does not replace personal contact.
In a meeting they find it's a relief knowing they're not the only one, they have a spontaneous conversation, read body language and facial expression, and really feel that support.
Mental health doesn't discriminate against cultures. Culturally appropriate and sensitive mental health interventions are very important,Mental Health Foundation of Australia vice chairperson Vassan Srinivasan said.
For help, contact Lifeline 131 114 or lifeline.org.au, beyondblue 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au, SuicideLine 1300 651 251 or MensLine 1300 789 978.