Mental Health Concerns

Mental illness is a serious disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect day to day functioning. Primarily due to media portrayal, people associate the term "mental illness" with disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. However, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, addictions, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are additional examples of mental illness.

Often people wanting to provide support do not know where to start. While it is not your role to provide a diagnosis or suggest specific treatment options, knowing how to assist and guide the individuals to the help they require is essential. The Supporting People in Need information is designed to give you ideas about how to best offer support. 

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