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The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019



The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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38 LIFESTYLE FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Australians and Indigenous Australians are nearly three times more likely to be psychologically distressed than nonIndigenous Australians. In the Northern Territory one person dies each week by suicide, and the Territory has the highest rate of child suicide in Australia. Lifeline statistics show that only 0.4 per cent of calls are coming from the NT, indicating that Territorians are not reaching out for help. While these statistics are both concerning and distressing, never before has there been such a focus on mental health in our society. There a range of services available for people who suffer from mental ill health, and support services for carers. The important thing is that people dont have to suffer in silence and should be encouraged to reach out for help. National campaigns like R U OK? are also encouraging community members to check in on people if they dont seem to be travelling well. I MENTAL HEALTH WEEK An end to mental health stigma WITH 3046 people having lost their lives to suicide in 2018 in Australia, much more needs to be done in reducing stigma and raising the profile of mental health support services in our communities. It is estimated that mental health issues affect more than one in five Australians every year. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression and substance use disorder. Unfortunately, stigma still exists around the issue of ill mental health from the years when people who had mental health conditions were treated in institutions. The tide is slowly turning but it requires a collective effort to help reduce this stigma and understand that mental health conditions are a normal part of life and that support and treatments are available. The onset of mental illness is typically around mid-to-late adolescence and Australian youth (18-24 years old) have the highest prevalence of mental illness than any other age group. There are many factors that can cause poor mental health. They include childhood abuse, social isolation, discrimination and stigma, social disadvantage, bereavement, sever of long-term stress, a longterm health condition, unemployment of losing your job, homelessness, being a longterm carer, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence or bullying, significant trauma, a head injury or lifestyle factors including work, diet, drugs and lack of sleep. Latest evidence suggests Indigenous Australians are at least twice as likely to die by suicide than non-Indigenous Participants at the recent Suicide Prevention Forum which was organised by the Life Promotion Network. Picture: SUPPLIED IF you or anyone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978 Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 In an emergency contact 000 MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 7th - 12th October 2019 All events are free but please RSVP where required. More information at www.mhaca.org.au or call 8950 4600 THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER Stretch & Relax For Mental Health 10am + 12pm @ Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre RSVP at https://events.humanitix.com.au/ stretch-relax-for-mental-health FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER Stress Less In The Park 9am @ Hospital Lawns, Stuart Tce Free community event with stalls, music, activities, food & drinks Mental health starts where you live, learn, work and play A Place Somewhere by Dana Lynn Duncan TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER Mental Free Film Screening 6pm @ Alice Springs Cinema RSVP at https://events.humanitix.com.au/ mental-free-fi lm-screening WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER Morning Tea at MHACA 10am @ 14 Lindsay Ave RSVP at https://events.humanitix.com.au/ morning-tea-at-mhaca

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