Mental Health Awareness – Tackling Myths

by | Apr 29, 2014 | News

Mental Health Awareness – Tackling Myths

by | Apr 29, 2014 | News

I am pumped having just come back from a talk co-delivered with a community educator from the Mental Health Carers Association of WA, ARAFMI.

The talk was delivered to High School students and talked in-depth about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

There was an interactive part that I got really into that centred on the Myths of Mental Illness:

  • Are people with mental illness more violent and aggressive than those without mental illness?
  • Are people with depression lazy and weak?
  • Is a mental health problem ‘just a phase’ and the person just needs to ‘get over it’?

Unfortunately, these are all-too-common beliefs held by many members in the community and it is fantastic that ARAFMI is out there turning these myths upside-down!

It was my pleasure to end the presentation with my own experience with mental illness as well as my recovery. I have a wealth of experience with the Australian mental health system, talking with health professionals, and being the key player in my recovery. It’s wonderful to be able to share my experience and how I have moved on from that ‘blip’ in my life.

I’m looking forward to ARAFMI talks in the future to promote mental health awareness, the next one being on the 16th of May. Bring it on!