Please keep reading below for some options for help…

The festive season can be a very stressful time for many people, and can put a lot of strain on mental health. This is something that could affect yourself or someone you love, so it is important to know the facts.

• ~550,000 young people between the ages of 16-24 have depression or anxiety
• 75% of adult mental health conditions emerge before the age of 25
• Over 2 million Australians suffer with anxiety
• 1 in 3 women are likely to experience anxiety
• 1 in 5 men are likely to experience anxiety
• Over 1 million Australians have depression
• 1 in 5 women are likely to experience depression
• 1 in 8 men are likely to experience depression
• 6 Australians die by suicide every day – 3 of whom are men
(Statistics from beyondblue)

What is depression?

Depression is a serious condition that affects suffers’ every day lives; emotional, physical and mental wellbeing; and interpersonal relationships. It affects people for continuous periods of time, for weeks, months or even years. It is more than just being sad, depression is a multi-facet disorder that has many different symptoms, and is also an umbrella for numerous other mental health conditions.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried: anxiety, like depression, is a serious condition that can severely affect a person’s life. There are many different types of anxiety disorder, the common ones being Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias and Panic Disorders.

Click here for a beyondblue fact sheet on depression and anxiety.

It is important to know that both depression and anxiety are, like physical medical conditions, treatable. Treatment options are available to help sufferers cope with, conquer and/or control their mental health conditions.

Here at Entire Health, we can help with some of these treatment options:

1. Exercise – has been shown to help with the treatment of both anxiety and depression. Our exercise physiologists can help you or your loved ones to cope with and control depression or anxiety.

2. Diet – is intrinsically linked to both physical and mental health. Our dietician can assist in you attaining the right diet to help with your mental wellbeing.

3. Massage –  Studies have shown that massage can be more effective in the treatment of mental illness than relaxation therapy in children, adolescent, pre-and post-natal women. There is also limited research suggesting that it may also be beneficial to adults with mental health conditions.

4. Psychological intervention/counselling – We refer to local psychologist, Jo Ehrlich.

For more information, visit www.beyondblue.org.au

Useful contact details:

1. Beyondblue 24/7 support and counselling line: 1300 22 4636
2. Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467
3. Lifeline Suicide and Crisis support: 13 11 14
4. IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 000

Written by Camille Caroline – beyondblue ambassador and speaker, and receptionist at Entire Health