According to Department of Health Australia mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses and is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people. It is diagnosed according to standardised medical criteria. Mental health is fluid in that all of us are affected by the environments we live in and experiences throughout life affect mental health accordingly.
Clearly good mental health is as essential as good physical health and affects a person’s ability to function in the community and enjoy life. International standards that outline what impacts mental health have the following key points:
- Mental health and many common mental disorders are shaped to a great extent by the social, economic, and physical environments in which people live. Societal standards that are set and imbued as normal are often terrifying when people feel these bench marks can’t be attained. Men are vulnerable as one of the standards set is stoicism preventing many men to express any perceived inadequacy.
- Social inequalities are associated with increased risk of many common mental disorders -racism, sexism, ageism and disability discrimination are the most common.
- Improved conditions of daily life from before birth, during early childhood, at school age, during family building and working ages, and at older ages provides opportunities for mental well being. Improving population mental health and reducing the risk of mental disorders that are associated with social inequalities has far reaching benefits.
We really care about mental health and all of us have loved ones that have been affected in some way. EWRE foundation has raised another $4,590.00 from our silly selfie video where all the participants donated money and their time to this incredibly important cause. So we take this opportunity to thank all those wonderful people that donated through our Facebook and Instagram links. We are already planning our next fundraising endeavour to raise more awareness and money for those that really need it.