According to Beyond Blue, about 45% of Australians will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. This means that more likely than not, mental health issues will affect every one of us in some way or another. In recent years we have come a long way in terms of normalising and destigmatising mental health issues, but there is still a ways to go. This is just my opinion, but I think that people are happy to talk about depression as a concept, or talk about their own experiences in the past tense, when they are back to “normal”. Discussing mental health and depression when you are in the thick of the storm still feels like an admission of failure or abnormality for many. It’s a personal struggle.
This is what makes an initiative like R U OK? Day so important. It often falls on friends and family to recognise the signs of depression and take action. R U OK? aims to empower people to be able to connect in a meaningful way with those around them who are struggling with depression. When it comes to suicide, a conversation may not seem like a lot, but it can save a life.
Today is R U OK? Day. It’s a great opportunity to read up about depression, mental health, and what you can do to help those around you. With so many people experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime, being able to recognise the signs of depression and act appropriately is a worthwhile life skill. If you have some time today check out their site and make sure you can recognise the signs, have a conversation, and know when to get extra help.
Daniel Singer, Marketing Coordinator