Mental illness support By Teagan Aust

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Support for people who suffer from mental illnesses is generally not as adequate as it should be.

Mental Illness can be debilitating as any other physical illness, especially when depressive and psychotic disorders have contributed to the mortality rate because of how many people commit suicide. Adding to that is also the fact that around 450 million people currently suffer a mental disorder, placing it among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental disorders at some point in their lives, which begs the question: Why do physical disorders get more sympathy and support than mental disorders?

Even in the 21st Century, mental illness still has a form of stigma attached to it and there’s still a long time to go until we are able to completely eradicate that, which will get rid of the need for people to feel ashamed about battling an illness as serious as any physical one.

There are treatments available to the public but the problem is that people are not utilising these due to them not always seeking help from a health professional.

It has been argued that Governments need to break away from large mental institutions and move more towards community health care, integrating mental health into primary health care and the general health care system. Considering that some, but not all, mental disorders can be stopped in their tracks with preventative practices surely should convince the unsure minds and primarily, the Department of Health, to push for more support for those who suffer with mental illnesses.

The target of the support should be widespread, as those who live in remote and rural areas are neglected far too often, which leaves them to come to a solution – suicide. Tackling this issue will reduce the burden that depressive disorders place upon society, enabling them to recover or live a productive life, being a vital part of their community. Even psychotic conditions can be effectively handled with the right support and medication, but that can’t be said for every case however. Early intervention is vital to mental conditions. We need to act now.



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