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More people seek treatment for mental health issues

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:31 Written by // Cec Busby

An Australian study by Professor Harvey Whiteford has found that more people are seeking treatment for mental health issues than ever before. Also the study discovered the stigma surrounding conditions such as depression and anxiety has lessened.

beyondblue has welcomed the research which found the treatment rate for mental disorders in Australia soared from 37% in 2006-07 to 46% in 2009-10.

beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said the increase was due partly to the good work of mental health organisations such as beyondblue,  and  growing community awareness  surrounding conditions.

“The fact that more people are seeking treatment for mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety is wonderful news,” she said.

“Taking the first step to get support is often difficult but most people make a full recovery after doing so.

“The authors of this study found that Better Access, a Federal Government initiative that subsidises psychological services, has helped drive this increase but it is also due to better recognition and changing attitudes in the community.”

beyondblue’s Depression Monitor service also showed the community’s increased knowledge of the symptoms of depression is prompting people to get help.

“Self-awareness and recognising the problems was the prompt to get help for 16% of people in 2007 but increased to 28% in 2012.

“Stigma has reduced over the same period, with the number of people who thought people with depression are dangerous fell from 32% to 24%," said Carnell.

if you need assistance with issues such as depression or anxiety find out ways to get help from beyondblue.org.au

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

Comments (2)

  • cec

    18 February 2014 at 09:49 |
    HI Harold,
    the study in question asked specific questions regarding the public's perception of mental health issues - in particular stigma surrounding conditions such as depression and anxiety. I think beyondblue intended to suggest perceptions were changing rather than attach further stigma to these mental health issues. I certainly would not want to attach further stigma or create an 'us and them' mentality - that was never my intention with this article. I would appreciate any suggestions on how this could have been reported in a more positive way.
  • Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor

    18 February 2014 at 06:45 |
    the study discovered the stigma surrounding conditions such as depression and anxiety has lessened.

    Explain to me why you are promoting the term "stigma" to print.

    and then, stop.

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