More people seek treatment for mental health issues
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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