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Mental Health Week 2018

Mental Health Week 2018

Your health is incredibly important – physically, mentally and emotionally.

While we go to the doctors for physical symptoms, how often do we take a step back and look after ourselves mentally?

This week (October 7 – 13) was mental health week, and we are encouraging you to look after your mental health.

United Voice members come from many different sectors, and deal with their own respective stresses, whether its work related or personal.

On Wednesday in the United Voice office, organisers and officials wore blue shirts as part of the ‘Blue Shirt Wednesday’ highlighting men’s mental health at work.

3.2 million Australians experience mental disorders every year and with workers’ rights under attack; mental health is certainly a union issue.

Stress, anxiety and depression can affect anyone at any time and can happen as a build-up of underlying issues that go untreated for too long.

Right now, mental health is becoming less and less of a taboo subject and being spoken about more openly and freely – but that doesn’t always mean it’s easy.

Opening up about your struggles can be hard, but well worth it.

Many workplaces have counselling services available for you to speak up, or you can talk to trusted friends and family.

United Voice encourages members to reach out if they are not feeling right and seek help, or to reach out to a friend if you believe they are not well.

There is always someone willing to listen. You are not alone.

Please do not hesitate to call these hotlines should you feel the need:

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78