Mental health problems are common, ranging from simple mental disorders such as depression and anxiety to more rare conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and schizophrenia. While beyondblue’s primary focus is on the needs of people affected by depression , anxiety and suicide , we also believe that a better understanding of what we mean by mental health and how to achieve it will help everyone in Australia reach their full potential.
Carla suggested our team set up an information display in Knighton Library for the week alongside one from the mental health charity Mid Powys Mind MPM holds Outreach Sessions in Knighton every Friday, 1 – 3pm, at St Edwards Community Room, St Edwards Close, Knighton.
However, your doctor might feel that you could also benefit from other mental health services so once he or she has made a diagnosis they will be able to start you on a suitable treatment programme which could include medication and/or referral to other professionals or specialists in the community mental health team as required, for example, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, various types of counsellors or therapists and so on.
The commonly used example of if you had a broken leg, you wouldn’t be fearful to talk about it so why should you be if you have a mental health disorder is the best way to realise how senseless it is to treat mental health as though it isn’t something that is making millions of peoples day to day lives incredibly difficult.
In Powys there are plenty of places like my village, small tight-knit rural communities where children are living at a distance from parents and many people are of an aging population, all developing complex health problems as their age advances, in tandem.