Your Mental Health is Just as Important as Your Physical Health

The World Health Organisation dictum ‘no health without mental health’ is familiar to many of us. Mental illness is very common, with nearly half of all Australians developing a mental illness at some point in their lives.

While this is the case, when is the last time that you made a decision to get mentally healthy?

For many, the answer may be never.

Your body and your mind should not be thought of as separate, but often they are. A clear distinction is often made between the two. However, the reality is that poor physical health can lead to increased risk of mental health concerns just as poor mental health can begin to impact and degrade physical health.

Put simply, mental health can play a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health. Reversed, mental illness can affect your ability to participate in healthy behaviours and to remain physically well.

And yet, it’s easy to take mental health for granted in ourselves and in others. Physical illness or injury is tangible, visible and evident; a bruise, a broken arm, a heart murmur. But mental illness or injury, if we aren’t talking about it, sharing or aware of the signs, it can easily slip under the radar. There’s nothing visible to alert you that your mental health or the mental health of someone you love, is compromised.

The reality is that if you don’t attend to your mental and emotional needs, your quality of life can suffer; your work can suffer; your relationships can suffer; your physical health can suffer.

A recent TED presentation shares the experience of TED Fellow Sangu Delle who was suffering from stress. He had to confront his own deep prejudice that ‘men shouldn’t take care of their mental health’. In a personal talk, Delle shared how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says, “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak, it makes us human.”

Watch the talk at TED here:

Your mental health is essential and it’s so important that you put your mental health at the top of your priority list.

Reach out and ask for support if you need it. Talk to someone you trust if you feel isolated or alone. Remember that it’s ok to say that you are not ok.

Since 1993 South Pacific Private has helped over 12,000 people and their families with a multi-tiered program that offers different levels of care to support the different stages of Recovery.

Supported by most health funds, treatment at South Pacific Private is designed to meet the individual needs of each client and offers the best possibility of recovery, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team of Psychiatrists, GPs, Registered Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Therapists and Case Workers.

If you need to talk to a member of our team call 1800 063 332 to find out more about treatment for mental health concerns.

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