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Everybody experiences poor mental health at some time?CorrectIncorrect
Poor mental health is a part of our lives. Stress, grief and pressure contribute to poor mental health. Everybody experiences mental health along a continuum from good mental health to poor mental health. With support and resilience people will go back to good mental health but if left unattended and unsupported people can progress toward a mental health disorder.
Poor mental health is always obvious?CorrectIncorrect
Poor mental health can be hidden or masked or appear as bad behaviour or a poor attitude.
Anxiety is the same as stress.CorrectIncorrect
Stress is the reaction to an event. Anxiety is the reaction to stress.
Medication should be avoided for depression.CorrectIncorrect
Prescribed medication can be helpful and useful for people experiencing serious mental health issues. People often choose to avoid medication. This needs to be an informed decision made in consultation with professional advice.
Exercise can help with poor mental health.CorrectIncorrect
Exercise is scientifically proven to release endorphins into the brain which boosts overall mood and helps relieve stress and improves sleep — all of which can help improve with poor mental health.
Alcohol can help with poor mental health.CorrectIncorrect
People often use alcohol to help relieve the symptoms of poor mental health. Alcohol can be seen to help in the short term but is not helpful in the long term and is not a solution.
Sleep or lack of sleep can be an indicator of poor mental health.CorrectIncorrect
Sleep is a key indicator or our mental health. Poor sleeping patterns can be a symptom of poor mental health.
If a family member has a mental illness, all family members will have a mental illness.CorrectIncorrect
Mental health issues can be genetic but having a family member with a mental health diagnosis does not mean everyone in the family will experience a mental health issue.
Depression is something that you can ‘just get over’.CorrectIncorrect
Depression is more than just a low mood – it is a serious condition that affects our physical, mental and emotional health. Depression is unlikely to just go away. Telling someone to ‘just get over it’ is unhelpful and implausible.
If you think a person is self-injuring it is best to ignore it if you’re unsure what to do.CorrectIncorrect
It is best to try to talk to a person to understand their injurious behaviours.
Do not ask a person if they are feeling suicidal because it can put the idea in their head.CorrectIncorrect
This is a myth that perpetuates the stigma around suicide. Suicidal people respond to talk therapy. If a person is thinking of suicide, they are thinking about it. If they are not, they are not.
If a person is suicidal it is important to let them know that you disapprove.CorrectIncorrect
It is never helpful to be judgmental. It is helpful to be supportive.
People with mental health issues tend to be smokers.CorrectIncorrect
Research shows that people with mental health issues have been shown to smoke more.
People with mental health issues are inclined to use & abuse alcohol.CorrectIncorrect
Research shows that people with mental health issues have been shown to use & abuse alcohol.
Some people with mental health issues use drugs to help them feel better.CorrectIncorrect
Research shows that people with mental health issues have been shown to use & abuse substances.
A person with a mental illness is unable to work or hold down a job.CorrectIncorrect
One in four people experience some form of mental health issue. The Australian workforce is made up of approximately 60% of the population. Many people manage their mental health through various strategies, medications and supports. Some people may find their disorder can be so debilitating that it is impacting their lives and they cannot get to work.
To break an addiction, a person should just say no.CorrectIncorrect
Addiction is not a matter of just saying no or no more. Addiction, no matter what the substance or the behaviour, creates changes to our brain and our body. These neurological and physical changes increase our desire for the addictive substance regardless of the consequences.
Support is a key benefit to a person with a mental health issue.CorrectIncorrect
Research consistently shows that people experiencing mental health issues respond well to having support around them.
Supporting a person with a mental illness can impact your own mental health.CorrectIncorrect
Definitely, the strain and stress of supporting another person impacts our own mental health which is why it is so important to know how to maintain good mental health and self-care.
Resilience comes naturally and doesn’t need to be worked on.CorrectIncorrect
Resilience is something that needs to be developed and consistently worked on to understand and ensure the benefits.