Many of us at some time have or might be exposed to a loved one, friend, teammate or colleague experiencing some form of mental health issue. The impact on people and those who care for them can be immense. Many suffer in silence because they lack the confidence to seek help or to even talk about their battles often because they are afraid of the unfair stigmatising of the condition. For some, this is a constant challenge that can impact recovery.
You might be aware that:
- One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year
- Almost half (45%) Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
- 2.4 million people received Medicare-subsidised mental health-specific services in 2016–17
- 4.05 million patients received mental health-related prescriptions in 2016–17
- The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders
- Every day, at least six Australians die from suicide and a further thirty people will attempt to take their own life
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for people Australians aged 25-44
- Men are at greatest risk of suicide but least likely to seek help and accounted for over three quarters (76%) of deaths from suicide
- 65,300 people a year attempt to take their own lives, the majority being women
Two of our Insurance House team members, Chloe Thomas and Lee Cooper have embarked upon a challenge to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa during July 2019 to raise awareness for mental health caring and understanding and also to support two charities.
Their challenge is going to be tough as they will hike over 60KMs and reach an altitude of 5985m (or 19635 ft), carry 10-12KG’s on their backs and be exposed to 4 climate zones where air temperatures can range from 30C to -25C. They made a conscious decision to go on this tough journey but many in our community don’t have a choice and face much tougher battles every day. These battles sometimes include coping with depression, anxiety and other types of mental health problems. The challenge is intended to focus on delivering a message that having these problems carries no shame and is just like any other health issue. Increasing the awareness of this important hopefully that they will seek help whilst those around them understand and care for them with respect and dignity and to listen without judgement.
In support of Mental Health, we are seeking to raise $20000 to support two fine charities and you can donate by choosing either of the following links :
Black Dog Institute – is an independent non-profit research facility dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness as well as providing clinical resources.
Beyond Blue - is an independent non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental disorders and provides information
Stay tuned as we provide updates from their upcoming trip.