Looking after your mental wellbeing

One in two Queenslanders aged 16 to 85 years may experience mental illness, and Queensland Health has launched a campaign to help us improve our mental wellbeing.

Dear Mind encourages all Queenslanders to make time for themselves and prioritise their mental wellbeing to help prevent mental health issues.

Research has found taking some ‘me time’ helps strengthen our mental wellbeing, lifts our mood, improves our relationships and helps us deal with difficult situations.

When we look after our mental wellbeing, we are better able to cope with the everyday stresses of life, realise our abilities, participate in the community and work productively.

Evidence has also shown positive mental wellbeing can help prevent behavioural and mental health problems, and act as an important ‘buffer’ to the risk of mental illness.

Dear Mind encourages all Queenslanders to create a healthier relationship with their mind by making small changes to their daily routine to include simple, everyday activities such as spending time with family and friends, learning new things, being active and spending time in nature.

For ideas and inspiration visit qld.gov.au/mentalwellbeing

For people living with diabetes or those who care for them, Diabetes Queensland offers a free, Psychologist on Call service. If you would like to book a confidential, informal, over-the-phone discussion, contact us on 1800 177 055 to make an appointment to speak with Katherine Dixon.

To read Fact Sheets for people with diabetes, click Diabetes and Mental Health.

My health for life, a healthy lifestyle and prevention program led by Diabetes Queensland, will soon release its latest campaign. The advertising will remind people that “healthy feels good”. For example, one program participant Hiromi rediscovered that a healthy lifestyle can improve mental wellbeing.

If you have a friend or loved one who would be interested to prevent chronic conditions, please get them to check their risk at myhealthforlife.com.au

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