To start things offHere is a great starting point for mental health services at MRS:
Everyone feels sad or angry at time: because of break-ups; because of losing someone they care about; because of things going wrong at work or University, etc. These feelings are all a part of life. We all experience them sometimes but just because you’re feeling sad or down doesn’t mean you’re depressed.
Depression is not a day or two of sadness; it’s when the symptoms go on for two weeks or longer. Depression is the most common mental health problem for young people. At any time, between 2% and 5% of young people are experiencing the sort of depression which is severe enough to need treatment. Around 1 in 5 Australians will have experienced depression by the time they get to adulthood.
If you’ve got depression – the clinic illness - you’ll generally feel sad, down or miserable most of the time and youâll find it hard to cope from day to day. You may find you’ve stopped enjoying life, playing sport , achieving at school or work, or hanging out with friends and family. People with depression may also experience excessive tiredness, being overly self-critical, poor concentration and memory, a lack of motivation, crying a lot and an increased use of alcohol.
Depression can be a debilitating illness, which may result in low self esteem and other non-healthy behaviour such as problems with cigarettes and other drugs, and binge drinking and taking risks with your own health. The good news is that depression can be treated. There are a lot of different options available to help manage the illness.
If you are feeling sad or miserable, or suspect someone else may be feeling this way, it is best to have a chat with someone happy to listen such as a Resident Advisor, close friend, or even a counselor. No concern is ever too small, so if you have a problem make sure you seek help.
There are lots of different reasons why people need help to manage their mental health. Not only is University stressful, so is moving out of home, and becoming an adult. The video on this page talk a little bit about how some of the MRS community looked after their mental health.
What about stress and anxiety?Anxiety Disorder(s) is another form of an unhealthy mind.
You may have an anxiety disorder if you are feeling so anxious that it is affecting your normal day to day activities. There are a number of categories of anxiety disorder. These types include social anxiety, hypochondria, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
Some of the general symptoms of anxiety disorder include restlessness, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance. Anxiety disorder is currently the most common mental health problem within Australia.
Substance use disorder is another common condition. Alcoholism and drug addiction are types of substance use disorders. Whilst the cause is unknown, anyone can be affected by substance use disorders. The environment in which someone surrounds themself, as well as increased stress levels, and psychotic traits can be major influences in the use of alcohol and drugs.
If you believe that you, or someone you know has a problem with anxiety, encourage them to talk with a mental health professional about it (try the friendly people at the Monash University Counselling Service). If you believe that someone has a Substance Use problem, then try Alcoholics Anonymous or the Federal or State drugs information pages.
And again – here are links to even more pages which can assist with mental health support outside of MRS
- Beyond Blue – the Australian resource for Depression and Anxiety
- Man Therapy – A fantastic site aimed at Men experiencing mental health problems (or who want to build their mental health)
- Headspace – The national Youth Mental Health Foundation
- Monash Links to Mental Health Services – on campus and on the web