Speaking up about mental health
Cape York NRM recognises the challenges and complexities of living in remote Australia.
We are all one community and need to support each other, through the good times and the hard times.
With this in mind, we are sharing mental health messages across our platforms and want to hear your stories and suggestions on how to reach out, or reach in, when times are tough.
Please send through your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you would prefer us not to use your name.
One thing we know is that when things become overwhelming support from other people can really help.
It might be difficult to ask for help or you might not even realise that you need help. But getting help when you need it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Don’t be afraid to try different types of support until you find what works best for you.
Here are some ideas:
- Recognising when things are getting too much - look out for any changes in your behaviour, thoughts or physical health that might indicate you need some help.
- Visiting your doctor
- Looking online - Lifeline and BeyondBlue are great places to start
- Talking about your challenges with someone you trust
- Being positive and proactive - It can be helpful to focus on what you can do, rather than what’s out of your control
- Getting professional help if you need it – contact your GP to get a referral
For ideas, information and support lines, check out Lifeline's Rural Mental Health page: lifeline.org.au/ get-help/topics/rural-mental-health
Content courtesy Lifeline