Mental health conditions can be prevented and this is how.

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Mental health occurs when factors of biological, psychological, and environmental are combined reaching a state of limitation in which a body can endure. Triggers of mental health factors varies between individuals and sometimes individuals don’t recongise the symptoms. But there are prevention methods for avoiding and reducing mental health. 

First method for preventation is to create/ be around positive enviroments and surrounding yourself with a healthy society. Reduce toxic enviroments which can lead to adjectiveunder stress (bullying, abuse, work stress, seclusion)

The secound solution is increasing a person’s exposure to the factors which protects against mental health conditions. Developing skills for resilience, adequate housing, being connected with society, and financial security. Research shows partical importence to be resilient in stressful situations. The capability to be able to deal with stress and hardship. Resilience is not just a skill to endure, but also seeking support by another individual or through self recognition.

Prevention United  is an Australian mental health charity which developed a Staying ‘AHEAD’ foundation defining five key areas to protect mental wellbeing:

Awareness: Know your risks for poor mental health – such as a family history, experiences of trauma, major life transitions or current life stresses. Knowing when your mental health is ‘at risk’ helps you prioritise self-care.

Healthy Lifestyle: Taking care of your body is also taking care of your mind. Sleep, exercise, nutrition, and not smoking or drinking excessively are the pillars of good overall health.

Emotional Flexibility: Learning to think in helpful, realistic and balanced ways is key to regulating your emotions.

Adversity Support: Asking for assistance when you need it, and having people to talk to during tough times, helps protect our mental wellbeing.

Direction: Having a reason to get out of bed in the morning, a sense of purpose, helps your mental health and motivates you during times of adversity.

You don’t need to be experiencing a mental health condition to reach out for support. If you’re going through a difficult or stressful life event or transition, which can potentially be a risk for your mental health. Prioritise self-care and seek support from one of our trained psychologists to ensure you stay on top of your mental health.

Source: Centre for Clinical Psychology By   January 23rd, 2020 /  BOOK with Centre for Clinical Psychology  CALL 03 9077 0122

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