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Get the Facts!

• There is a lot of information on the world wide web and sometimes it is hard to know which information is reliable. There are a number of very informative websites who focus on mental health and have great tips, stories, forums and general information. Below are some of our favourite websites to mention a few:

SANE Australia
beyondblue
Lifeline
Black Dog Institute
headspace

If you are unsure of anything you read, we urge you to speak with your GP who will be best to give you the information you need.

What is?

Anxiety Disorder 

In any given year, more than two million Australians experience anxiety, making it one of the most common mental health issues PIR Gold Coast assists with.

In today’s fast-paced world we’re frequently exposed to high-pressure and stressful situations. While many people feel stressed or worried at various times in their lives, anxiety can take control of a person’s ability to cope with day-to-day life. Sometimes anxious feelings don’t subside, even when the stressful situation has passed.

If you’ve experienced anxiety, you know these feelings can happen for no apparent reason, making everyday life a challenge: you’re constantly in fear of a recurrence of anxiety, never knowing when or where it will strike.

At mindhealthconnect.org.au  you can browse a number of online therapy providers; and for more information about anxiety treatment, download beyondblue’s booklet  A Guide to What Works for Anxiety

Depression

Depression is an illness that will affect 20% of Australians.  Much more than just a low mood or feeling sad, depression affects how people feel about themselves on a daily basis, greatly impacting their mental and physical health.

Depression can be mild or severe, but it is indiscriminate and persistent, with some people experiencing periods of depression for weeks, months or years at a time.

If you or someone you know lives with depression you will be familiar with the feelings of weakness, worthlessness, guilt and burden that are associated with the illness.

There are many factors that contribute to the development of depression, and while its exact cause is as yet unknown, research indicates that a combination of genetics, recent events and long-term or personal factors all play their part.

For more information treatment for Depression, download beyondblue’s resource booklet A Guide to What Works for Depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a form of anxiety. Fundamentally it can be defined as a set of reactions that can develop in people who have experienced a traumatic event.

Approximately one million Australians will experience PTSD in any given year, and twelve percent will experience it in their lifetime. Serious accidents or car accidents are one of the leading causes of PTSD in Australia, however other events that can trigger PTSD include:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • War or torture
  • Natural disasters, such as bushfires, tsunamis or floods
  • Terrorist attacks

Strong reactions such as fear, horror, anger, sadness and hopelessness are natural after events like these and, in many cases, these feelings will pass after the normal processing of emotions and discussion with your support network of family or friends.

beyondblue, national providers of advice and support for anxiety and depression, have put together an extensive Fact Sheet with tips to help you cope with PTSD, including ‘do’s and don’ts and other tips to promote recovery. To view (click here)

At mindhealthconnect.org.au, a national initiative on behalf of the Australian Federal Government, you can explore a number of different online therapy providers

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex medical condition that interferes with the brain’s functioning, causing psychosis. It affects the way a person thinks, feels and acts resulting in a distorted perception of reality. For many schizophrenia can be a prolonged illness presenting years of distressing symptoms.

Recognised as a widespread mental health issue, approximately one in one hundred people will develop schizophrenia at some point in their lives. With between 150,000 – 200,000 Australians affected, schizophrenia is a condition that PIR Gold Coast encounters and assists with regularly, with most presenting initial symptoms in their teens or early twenties.

beyondblue, a national initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, have developed online communities via their website to connect people with schizophrenia and other mental health issues. Their online forums offer a place to discuss your schizophrenia and the issues and challenges you face, in a supportive and encouraging environment. You can explore the forum (click here)

For more information about schizophrenia, you can download the fact sheet from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses’ website (click here)

Trauma

Trauma, in the psychological sense, refers to difficulty functioning or coping following a particularly distressing or frightening event or experience.

It is a common mental health issue that, with time and the support of family and friends, most people will recover from in a relatively short time without the development of long-term problems.

Everyone’s reaction to a traumatic event is different, however, and while some events may cause little impact on person’s daily life, the same event can cause significant distress to another.

There are many resources available offering tips on managing psychological trauma, and how to cope after a traumatic event. Beyondblue offers insights into coping strategies (click here) , and the Australian Psychological Society has put together tips on psychological trauma management (click here).

For other Gold Coast events and activities visit the Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s website: HealthyGC.com.au

PIR is a Federally funded program. Other consortia members include Gold Coast Health and Mental Health Association QLD