EDITORIAL: Stay aware and seek the right help

IN mental health awareness month, we applaud the work being done by the Glasshouse and Mental Health Network.

We are probably all living next door to or working alongside people who have been affected by mental health disorders.

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which individuals can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and are able to make a contribution to their community.

Mental illness, on the other hand, describes a number of diagnosable disorders that can significantly interfere with a person’s cognitive, emotional or social abilities.

An individual’s ability to relate with their family, friends, workmates and the broader community can be affected by their mental health. It can cause significant distress and disability, and can lead to isolation of, and discrimination against, those affected.

Not only do we all need to be aware of our friends, family and colleagues’ well-being, we must also heed the warning signs ourselves and make sure we can continue to function for the betterment of all.

Lifeline and beyondblue are excellent organisations which heighten awareness of these issues.

October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012