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It’s OK to be in treatment for mental health problems

Depression and anxiety can affect as many as a fifth of the Australian population and mental health issues are greatest among younger people aged 16-24. But so few people seek help for mental health problems. This is because of stigma and negative attitudes about seeking help, not believing treatment helps, concerns about cost, inconvenience, confidentiality, and feeling that problem can be fixed on your own or with the help of family and friends.

Attitudes towards having mental health problems are changing however, and, admitting you experience depression, anxiety or any condition that used to be ignored is finally a sign of strength rather than weakness. A recent article in The Daily Telegraph points this out but adds that, despite the greater honesty and about accepting that mental health problems can happen to us all, there is still a lot of stigma around seeing a therapist.

“It’s great that we’re removing the stigma around mental health issues but the next step is to make it OK to do something about it,” it says in the article.  One of the major concerns about confidentiality and trust also relates to stigma. Young people especially worry that a breach in confidentiality and fear the stigma and embarrassment should peers and family find out they are seeking help.

At Retreat South we understand that entering into treatment can feel overwhelming. We strive to create a safe and secure environment for you to begin your recovery.  You can even use an assumed name at Retreat South. Because you have taken the step to come to us for treatment our staff are committed to your confidentiality, privacy and helping you make the most of the treatment program.

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