Category: Stigma

Stigma in mental health – it’s everywhere!

Apart from the obvious suffering endured by people with depression and anxiety, many people still have misconceptions about mental health problems[1]. The most common fallacies are that there is no treatment for mental health problems; mental health problems are caused by personal weaknesses; that people with mental disorders are incapable of making decisions for themselves or running their own lives;...

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24 things to say to someone with depression

Unfortunately, there are no magic words to help a person struggling with depression feel better. It does, however, help to acknowledge your understanding that depression is an illness—not a phase or some sort of attention-seeking behaviour.[1]  It is common for supporters to feel unsure about how to talk to people with depression or anxiety or to worry about saying the...

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Mental health – It’s time to talk about it

Is it time to talk about mental health? Most people will have had some experience with mental health disorders (such as depression and anxiety), whether it is personal or through their family, friends, or work colleagues. In 2017, more than 971 million people of all ages were affected by mental health problems, equating to approximately 1 in 8 people in...

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Mentally healthy workplaces – 3 good reasons

A ‘mentally healthy workplace’[1] is one in which “risk factors are acknowledged and appropriate action taken to minimise their potential negative impact on an individual’s mental health whilst at the same time protective or resilience factors are fostered and maximised.[2]” Apart from the increasing impact of workplace mental health on workers, workplace health and compensation authorities and social welfare systems globally,...

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Definition of ‘mentally healthy workplaces’

Definition of ‘mentally healthy workplaces’. Recognition and management of workplace mental health is a relatively new concept in many countries around the world, including Australia. Given that about 971 million people live with a mental health disorder[1] equating to slightly less than one in eight people globally (12.9%),[2] this is surprising. In Australia, the figure is closer to 18% of...

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