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Mental health issues are medication conditions that change a person's thinking, feelings and/or behaviour; this can make managing daily life difficult.

Mental health has only recently begun to be taken seriously by the general public and there is still a great deal of stigma surrounding people living with mental illness. This is really unwarranted as almost half of the Australian population will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives. The reluctance of people to disclose their mental health issues can be due to this stigma which ensures that people continue to suffer in silence.

Mental illnesses can range from the manageable to the severe; some may need medication or hospitalisation while others can be controlled through psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy. The causes of most mental health conditions still aren’t clear but what is known is that they cause a physical chemical imbalance in the brain. They can be triggered by past and present trauma and stress and there is research that suggests there can be genetic links as well, just like any other hereditary family condition.

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