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MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

RECOGNISING AND MANAGING

'ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH'

The best way to manage the symptoms of ‘adverse mental health’ is to have a plan of action for when early warning signs of symptoms begin, so you can focus your thinking and take control of actions quickly, before the symptoms get worse.

STEP 1 - ASK

 

The first step to take is to ask for help and talk to someone, be it a family member or friend, work colleague, teacher or coach, a counsellor, health care professional or someone else you trust. There are organisations that are specifically designed to support people experiencing these symptoms who are always available to take your call and help you with support and strategies to cope and feel well. Click here for list of organisations who can help:

STEP 2 - ACT

 

The next step to take is the activation of your OWN SENSE OF CONTROL, by choosing to do the following things that help you manage the early warning symptoms of ‘adverse mental health’, and direct your focus, thinking and actions towards developing and maintaining ‘positive mental health’:

  • Connecting with supportive friends and family frequently.

  • Reduce and better manage your stress levels.

  • Activating your favourite relaxation techniques (deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, music, nature).

  • Staying positive and practicing healthy self-talk.

  • Regular physical activity – walking, sports, dancing or other enjoyable activities.

  • Helping others and doing something meaningful.

  • Eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep.

  • Working with someone who can help you create a plan with baby steps to take towards the activity/circumstance/event that is making you feel stressed or anxious. Choosing to be brave and learning to fight the fear slowly, at your own comfortable pace, taking baby steps and making progress, helping you develop self-confidence.

  • Keeping a self-reflection journal, noting what you did to overcome the symptoms you were experiencing.

  • Getting professional help from a counsellor, psychologist or coach.

  • Develop a recovery plan with goals to achieve ‘positive mental health’

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ASKING FOR HELP IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH

The sooner you start treatment, the quicker your stress, anxiety and depression will fade away.

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 * To view our list of resources and references, please click here:

Medical Notice: The information provided on this website is to raise awareness and understanding of 'adverse mental health' conditions including stress, anxiety and depression, with tools, strategies and programs available for help people to overcome these symptoms and cultivate 'positive mental health'. The information on our website is not a platform for diagnosis of these illnesses and not a substitute for a healthcare professional and their prescribed treatments. It is essential that you seek diagnosis and treatment advise from a qualified healthcare professional, before implementing strategies or making decisions about your own mental health. You should not ignore professional medical advice or substitute it for information provided on this website.