The terms MENTAL HEALTH and MENTAL ILLNESS has different meanings for different people.
In Australia, the field of mental health describes an area of health that focuses on psychological, emotional and behavioural wellbeing of the population.
At HelpingMinds, we would like to differentiate between mental health and mental ill-health. Mental health refers to a balanced state of mind, whilst mental ill-health indicates that something is off-balance, off-centre and it is impacting on someone’s ability to live a normal life.
Mental ill-health is a broad term that includes both mental illnesses and mental health challenges.
A mental health challenge or condition, is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, perceives, behaves and interacts with other people. It can include behavioural issues or problems processing thoughts that often causes significant distress or functional impairment.
A mental illness or disorder is classified more severe than a mental health challenge, problem or condition.
Recovery is different for every person living with mental health challenges. Recovery is a process, sometimes ongoing and lifelong, defined and led by the person with the illness, through which they can achieve a meaningful and contributing life in the community.
This can be a stressful, overwhelming and isolating experience.
Here is some more information to help you understand what your loved one is going through and how to help yourself.
How HelpingMinds can help you during COVID-19
HelpingMinds respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and Elders, past and present. Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
HelpingMinds is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. HelpingMinds welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, see our Diversity Statement.
HelpingMinds prides itself on being an accessible and inclusive organisation, ensuring everyone who needs support is able to access the right service and receive the help they need. If you require accessible locations, an interpreter or translator services, please contact us. For more information, see our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
HelpingMinds respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and elders, past and present. Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.