Mental illness is a diagnosable condition that affects a person's thinking, emotions and behaviour and disrupts their ability to work or carry out other daily activities. The experience of mental illness in Australia is common, with one in five, or 20% of Australians aged 16 - 85 experiencing a common mental illness in any one year. Early warning signs that someone may be developing a mental illness include:
- withdrawing from social situations
- loss of interest or concentration in study
- less attention to hygiene and grooming
- unusual behaviour
- uncharacteristic emotional responses.
There are a variety of evidenced based treatments available to treat mental illness. Such treatments include, lifestyle changes, counselling and medication. The earlier the treatment, the better chance of recovery.
- obtain adequate amount of, and good quality sleep
- maintain a balance between study, work and social activities
- minimise alcohol and other drug use
- manage time effectively
- eat well
- study smart
- stay connected with your treatment providers (GP, Health professionals)
- SANE Australia
- ARAFEMI (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Emotionally and Mentally Ill) - provides services to the community of the state of Victoria, Australia for the care and support of families and individuals dealing with an emotional or mental illness.
- Mind Body Life - provides useful information on optimising lifestyle for people living with a mental illness