WHat is Mental Health?

According to the World Health Organization, 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.”

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You can view life as “Impossible” 
But you can also observe life as “I’m Possible”

Simplicity – the ability to adjust to simple ways of self-thought

Both have the same letters that create the same word, contrasting, but you can view life in the path that has a meaning that takes you in a positive direction, even if life seems unmanageable.  You will sometimes need to dig deep down, grab that feeling of your self-worth, and express your resilience. All of us have the power to develop a resilient mindset; Sometimes it takes defeating your emotional threshold before you are able to tap into your personal resilience.

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Attributed to the World Health Organization (WHO)

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Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just wont go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just trying to get through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. By understanding the cause of your depression and recognising the different symptoms and types of depression, you can take the first step to feeling better


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While there are many factors that can influence a person's decision to commit suicide, the most common one is severe depression.


 Depression can make people feel great emotional pain and loss of hope, making them unable to see another way to relieve the pain other than ending their own life.


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A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. Such disorders may be diagnosed by a mental health professional.

Mental Disorders

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There may be multiple risk factors for mental health problems at any point in life. Older people may experience life stressors common to all people, but also stressors that are more common in later life, like a significant ongoing loss in capacities and a decline in functional ability. For example, older adults may experience reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty or other health problems, for which they require some form of long-term care. In addition, older people are more likely to experience events such as bereavement.

Older Adults

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Significant mental health problems can and do occur in young children. Children can show clear characteristics of anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, at a very early age.


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Mental health can be adversely affected by exposure to a range of hazards or factors in the workplace, including, for example: 1. high job demand 2. low job demand 3. poor support 4. poor workplace relationships 5. low role clarity 6. poor organisational change management 7. poor organisational justice 8. poor environmental conditions 9. remote or isolated work, and 10. violent or traumatic events.


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Mental health emergencies can happen at any time and to anyone. Examples might be a person who is suicidal, a person experiencing a panic or anxiety attack, a person experiencing trauma, an incident of self-harm or a person who is psychotic.  It also includes natural disasters, pandemics and accidents.  There are many incidences that may affect someone's mental health.

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Emergency services personnel who play a critical role in protecting and helping people and communities in need may have PTSD.  They may be police officers, fire fighters or ambulance personnel, or belong to a volunteer organisation such as the State Emergency Service (SES) or Rural Fire Service and frontline organisations that provide volunteers and emergency relief.

Emergency Services PTSD

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PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD.

Veterans PTSD

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During the school years, mental health problems are among the leading causes of lower grades, friendships and relationships and substance use or abuse, and they can have a lifelong impact. Early intervention is so important for mental health programs.


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When it comes to mental health, the culture of the society that surrounds us influences our attitudes about seeking help, the type of support we need, and whether or not we decide to seek help at all. Cultural norms can account for minor differences in how people communicate their symptoms to major omissions of which symptoms they report.

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Domestic and family violence can have a significant negative impact on the mental health of the victims, or other family members who witness it. Constantly feeling unsafe in your own home or with the people who are supposed to love and care for you can lead to feeling afraid, unable to relax, powerless to change the situation, or ashamed to tell others.



Bullying can affect an adult, child or teen's mental health and wellbeing. It can be associated with low self-esteem, and can contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. It can also lead to feelings of helplessness and being suicidal. 

Effects of bullying Workplace bullying can seriously harm worker mental health with depression, psychological distress and emotional exhaustion common outcomes for bullied workers.


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Although being LGBTI is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTI people experience mental health struggles. The LGBTI community struggle with acceptance and discrimination.


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Psychosocial disability is the term used to describe disabilities that may arise from mental health issues. Whilst not everyone who has a mental health issue will experience psychosocial disability, those that do can experience severe effects and social disadvantage.