Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc in collaboration with the Mental Health Association, invite you to the Third National Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Day Conference to celebrate some good news in mental health.
Substance use/abuse (including alcohol and/or other drugs) can be a major factor in the causes of anxiety. People who use alcohol or other drugs can do so for many different reasons, but it is usually because of some underlying issue, such as depression or social circumstances. When people use/abuse alcohol or other drugs, they may be placed into an altered mental and emotional state. The substances they are consuming may cause extreme ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in the emotions of the person thus creating a sense of confusion as to what is ‘reality’. For example, if a person has taken a stimulant (including amphetamines, ecstasy, ice), their experience of being happy and full of energy is greatly enhanced. Then, as the effects of the drug wear off, their mood may decrease to a more depressed way of thinking. Both moods are intensified to the degree that there is no real ‘middle ground’ and the person does not feel any sense of stability. This would lead to a state of confusion and this confusion can be a major reason for anxiety.
Each year Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) produces a survey. Our survey gives us insight into the issues that are of greatest importance to people aged 50 and over. It also informs our key policy document, the 2012/2013 Pre-Budget Submission, which we send to every parliamentarian in NSW.
We’ve just launched the 2013 COTA NSW Survey and we invite you to complete it. This year, our survey focuses on your ability to live well as you age, health services, as well as issues associated with end-of-life.
About one in five people will suffer from mental illness and according to the World Health Organisation, depression will be one of the biggest health problems worldwide by 2020.
However, mental illness not only affects the person who is suffering; it affects the family of the sufferer which then may impact on an individual’s ability to perform which then may lead to disciplinary action by employers. This story is shared by northern Industrial officer Noel Martin to help others.
This is a paper I have written based on my own experience. For the greater part of 20 years, I suffered from drug and alcohol addiction. I, like many others, also suffered the anxieties, the depression, the ups and downs and other mood swings that come along with this lifestyle. The following is not researched from any source; rather it is based purely on my own thoughts and experiences. It is purely a collaboration of my own feelings and personal understanding of this topic.
ARAFMI attended a respite Carer Day at Nature Care College, St Leonards. This event was titled, “Learning to Care for Yourself”. The theme of this days care was health and nutrition. This form of respite care was is a valuable service to deliver to carers and this was a special and unique way to deliver this care.