Less than half of all Australians experiencing the symptoms of mental illness will seek professional help, and it is quite often distance and a lack of face-to-face services that contribute to these startling numbers.
In very remote areas, psychiatrists are around six times less prevalent than in cities, while mental health-related hospitalisations and suicides (up to 93% higher) are more frequent in rural regions.
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life – it impacts individuals, families, workplaces and communities. The Black Dog Institute
What can we do?
One small thing we can all do is get back to nature. Nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less stress and enhanced mental health and wellbeing; highlighting the importance of hiking and outdoor activities. Day hikes along sections of the Heysen Trail, or anywhere throughout South Australia’s nature reserves, are a fantastic way to reset the mind and reinvigorate the soul.
Another thing we can do is support organisations that solve mental health problems and promote wellbeing. The Black Dog Institute are pioneers in the diagnosis, early intervention, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and they are at the forefront of suicide prevention.