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Mental health

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is vital for individuals, families and communities. Most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives.

The Uniting Mental Health Project was started to develop and grow services that focus on prevention and early action to improve outcomes for those experiencing, or at risk of, a mental illness. One key focus for the project is the development of training for staff to build on their knowledge and skills in the area of mental health.

There are many different types of mental illnesses which can also vary in their degree of severity. Some of the major types are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar mood disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders.

Attachment in children

Children who have trouble attaching have an increased risk of developing mental health issues that may continue to affect them later in life.

Attachment issues in children can include:

  • Insecure attachment
  • Disorganised attachment
  • Attachment disorder.

Looking after children

Children who have a tough time at home or with their peers, as well as those who have experienced trauma, such as abuse, neglect or bullying, often experience poor mental health. The good news is that recognising the signs of mental health issues in children and taking action early can really help.

Common mental health issues for children include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression.

Perinatal mental health

Being pregnant and having a newborn can be a tough time for many mums, with one in five experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy or in their baby’s first year.

Perinatal is the name for the antenatal period when women are pregnant, and the postnatal period when women have newborns.

Common perinatal disorders:

  • Perinatal depression
  • Perinatal anxiety
  • Puerperal (postpartum) psychosis disorder.

Where to get help

Getting help early can make a big difference. Your family doctor is a great start.

Other help can come from:

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