ASB MAGAZINE: Today is World Mental Health Day. Mental health affects everyone, so we wanted to take a minute to talk about it. Mental health disorders are really common – each year, one in four young people are affected by one. They’re also really treatable, especially when recognised early. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek the help they need out of fear of what other people might think or say.
The message Dragon is focusing on is a simple one – don’t hide behind your shades, speak up if you’re struggling, and check in on your mates, your workmates and family.
“The aim is to use Dragon’s voice to help make talking about mental health in our community more normal, and hopefully, more comfortable.” said Zoe Nelson Dragon Marketing Manager.
“I had to have something significant happen to me to realise it’s ok to talk about it and reach out and ask for help.” added Owen Wright
Trying to go it alone when you’re feeling down can increase the risk of mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Men, in particular, are at a higher risk of this as they are more likely to bottle things up.
“As men, we definitely bottle up our emotions and don’t want to be seen to be vulnerable or emotional…” said Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan.
We want to challenge this by making the conversation around mental health in our community more normal, and as a result, more comfortable. Today we’re asking you to make a mental health promise. Don’t hide behind your shades. If you’re struggling, speak up. We all know life has its ups and downs, but if the lows are lasting for a while and stopping you from doing the things you normally do, check out some of the links below regarding professional support.
Check in on your friends, your workmates and your family – have a chat, and be prepared to really listen. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for physical or behavioural changes, and verbal cues suggesting that someone close to you might be having a hard time.
Happy World Mental Health Day, and thanks for taking a few moments to read this!
*The comments from Owen and Ace above are from an interview with LIVIN on Dragon’s recent ‘Mental’ Team
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please contact:
- Australia: 13 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
- New Zealand: 0800 543 354 | lifeline.org.nz
KIDS HELPLINE / YOUTHLINE
- Australia: 1800 55 1800 | kidshelpline.com.au
- New Zealand: 0800 376 633 | youthline.co.nz
Other recommended mental health support services: