Could someone you know be experiencing mental health issues?

17 February 2017

Could someone you know be experiencing mental health issues?

It is estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime[1]. It is, therefore, highly likely that many people in your life – whether in your personal life, at work, or both – are affected by mental health challenges, and it is important to be aware of what a mental health condition looks like in order to reach out to those who are struggling.

Common signs include:

Language and interactions

A person who is experiencing issues with their mental health may be acting differently to usual in the way they interact socially or through their language. You might notice someone:

  • displaying a lack of interest in things they would normally enjoy or be involved in,
  • withdrawing from those around them,
  • showing signs of suicide ideation, which may include talking about feeling hopeless or seeing their activities or life as pointless,
  • struggling to perform at their usual standard at work
  • struggling to concentrate on a task, remember things or make decisions,
  • displaying any changes to their usual behaviour patterns


Physical signs

Mental illness often presents some physical clues that can help prompt a conversation about how someone you know is coping. The person may be:

  • low in energy, tired and fatigued,
  • having trouble sleeping
  • experiencing some physical pains such as headaches, or
  • losing their appetite.

If you notice any signs that you believe indicate someone you know could be struggling, there are several actions you can take: you can speak to them about it, confidentially speak with your EAP provider, call LifeLine for support, or if you have concerns about the safety of the person or anyone else, escalate the issue through your workplace management or call 000.




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