This week is Mental Health Week, so make time to take note of the services available in your area.
The stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness is still hanging around in rural areas, especially where men are often the bread winners and back bones of their families.
As with other health services, there are limited mental health services in the region but there are volunteer mental health and wellbeing groups that have been set up recently.
There are measures you can take yourself to ensure that you are in good mental health.
Often we can become stressed and anxious due to our work and it’s important to have a stress-free escape.
In farming communities, farming families can find their mental wellbeing diminishing, especially during bad seasons, like this year is turning out to be.
For the Rotary Men’s Wellness Campaign that will be launched in Lock this week, Robert Lang is photographing men in their ‘happy place’ – what is your happy place?
Is it on your boat? In your garden? In the kitchen? Kicking the footy with your children? Or even just in a comfortable place with a good book and a cup of tea?
These happy places can be helpful when experiencing a difficult time, giving you an escape or a breather.
However, happy places may only be a temporary fix; there is more that you could do to better your mental health.
Simple measures include improving your diet, increasing your water intake and exercising regularly.
Talking about your problems is one of the best ways to deal with any mental health issues that you may be facing.
Sometimes, it might only take a coffee or a beer with a friend to chat about something that is bothering you.
Sometimes it will take conversations with a GP or a counsellor, to talk openly and deeply about your problems and how they may be affecting you.
It is important that you are open and willing to listen to your friends when they are feeling down but also to ask if they are going okay, when you notice that there is something different about them.
It is time to take your mental health seriously.
- If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time, contact your local GP or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit beyondblue.org.au.