Mental Health CQ 9

Just finished a mental health first aid course, yes just like those first aid courses we often have to do for our workplace which include CPR, etc. except that this one focused on how to assist someone having an episode or drama in their life from the stranger in the supermarket, to a colleague or neighbour, etc. At least 1 in 5 people do experience a mental health issue so if not us then we would all know someone affected.

Here is sunny oz our top mental health “disorders” are:
Anxiety, depression, substance misuse, bipolar, schizophrenia – that’s in order and of course some will have a blend of these.

Under substance misuse 5.1% – alcohol accounts for a hefty 4.3% of that total; then weed, amphetamines [ice, speed], cocaine, inhalants.

Many will have a few episodes of the above which are only deemed a “mental disorder” by the DSMV [psychiatrists diagnostic manual 2013], when the episodes or usage affects a person’s behaviour, thoughts and emotional state which disrupts their ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage in satisfying relationships.

We gained insight on how to approach, assess and assist; listen without judgment; give information; encourage professional and other support – please visit their website as these courses are taught in 23 countries or can be done on-line

How has mental health impacted on your life?



  1. As a chiropractic physician, it has exposed me to the reality of how widespread mental health issues are. Medications addressing depression are the third most popular prescription written today. In most cases, pills (by themselves) are not designed to FIX conditions they are used to “treat.” There is certainly justification to use pharmaceuticals AS PART OF A TREATMENT PLAN in various cases, but this is not typically how they’re used. Until people are willing to accept personal responsibility and commit themselves to participating in improving the quality of their health, the pharmaceutical industry will continue to profit while mental health issues continue to rise.

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    • I agree that meds are only part of the treatment plan hence I volunteer with an NGO who support people to face responsibility for their own health. They do it individually and in groups but so many come to the groups expecting a ‘cure’ … it’s hard work to know ourselves and take personal responsibility to ensure back up plans are in place, recognise triggers, etc. It’s a big task but the only way forward!

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  2. I can definitely see the logic of training like that. I must admit, I’d have no idea how to cope if someone suddenly had an episode next to me. I wouldn’t be of much use to myself, the other bystanders, or the patient.

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  3. I have a master’s degree and license in professional counseling, and one thing that bothers me is how we tend to think people are either “mentally ill” or “mentally healthy.” It’s an “Us vs. Them” mentality, and while it may make people feel safer about their own well-being, it’s ultimately incorrect. If you’re enduring significant life stress in multiple areas of your life (poverty, death of a loved one, lack of social support, domestic violence, and so on), and on top of that, you don’t have healthy coping skills, you too could reach your breaking point.

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