Lest we forget.
#depression can be a dirty rotten mongrel but it can be brought to heel. Never be ashamed to seek help blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/depress… #ripcharlotte
It is estimated that over 6% of Australians will be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some times in their life.
Today on National PTSD Awareness Day we aim to spread awareness and understanding of this condition. The Black Dog Institute is committed to recognising the impact of PTSD and developing innovative programs to improve clinical outcomes and advance our understanding of PTSD.
The Black Dog Institute is proud to partner with St John of God Health Richmond Hospital, on a five year initiative which aims utilise our research, bringing together clinical and academic excellence to:
∙ Progress research into the understanding of trauma and its impact on mental health and wellbeing in Australia and internationally;
∙ Promote an evidence-based approach to mental health promotion and early intervention for those at risk of developing trauma related mental health difficulties;
∙ Improve the effectiveness and provision of evidence based interventions for those who present with trauma related mental disorders and associated functional impairment;
∙ Advance community awareness of the impact of trauma on mental health and wellbeing and to provide support for those who have been exposed to life threatening and other potentially traumatic events;
∙ Advocate for the implementation of policies that promote mental health recovery following traumatic exposure.
Mental illness is now the leading cause of sickness absence and long term work incapacity in the developed world. #mentalhealthmatters
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to share with you the personal journey of one of our wonderful volunteer’s- Jade.
"In 2013, I watched my world fall apart. Whilst picking up the pieces, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I. At the time, it was a huge blow and made me feel isolated. I was ashamed of who I was and this label I now wore.
I had experienced a psychotic episode, which basically means my reality was different to what was truly occurring in the world. When my family saw me like that it opened their eyes to mental health. I myself knew about depression, but not about other illnesses and at the time I didn’t completely understand what was happening to me.
I got involved with the Black Dog Institute in 2015 as a volunteer community presenter. First I thought it would be too intense to share my story but I surprisingly received positive feedback from everyone there. Early intervention saved my life and getting involved in community education as a Black Dog Presenter is important to me as it helps others understand how vital it is for someone to seek help."