Don’t tell someone to get over it. Help them get through it.
7.3 million (45%) of Australians aged 16 to 85 will experience a common mental health disorder (such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder) in their lifetime.
Anyone can develop a mental illness, there is no immunity to mental illness. Not everyone develops a mental illness during their lives, but anyone could. The causes of mental illnesses are complex, there isn’t one simple, obvious thing, like a virus or bacteria, that causes mental illness, and this is what makes the causes so difficult to work out.
For some mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it’s possible to inherit a predisposition — a greater likelihood that you’ll develop the disorder. For others, there seems to be no genetic link at all.
Elvis talking to NAB decision-makers and Women In Technology, educating them about various community issues faced by disadvantaged people and sharing lived experience. Elvis encouraged these women to take part in making a difference in the community. A few of the key agenda focuses were mental health, homelessness, domestic violence and gender equality.
Elvis is an R U OK? Ambassador. RUOK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives. He is actively promoting this national movement which is making a huge difference in people’s life and mental health. Elvis is passionate about this organisation, as he has personally faced struggles that led himself to be suicidal. He wants to change people’s lives by educating them about suicide prevention.
Elvis was at Midsumma Festival 2017 as a co-founder and representative of Cohealth Youth Action Council. He was promoting community health and educating people about health issues and precautions. At the same time, he was showcasing the great work that the youth space of Cohealth is doing and how it is giving a voice to young people experiencing mental health issues.
Elvis was invited to be part of the Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trial alongside many organisations’ decision makers, he was the only young member at this meeting and was giving perspectives of young people experiencing mental health that leads to suicide. He also shared about his advocacy work and the work he is doing to prevent suicides.
Elvis is a huge supporter of CoHealth, who provide health and support services for people with all kinds of needs. This organisation helps fund homelessness initiatives, rehabilitation programs and youth programs. With increasing inequality, making sure there is affordable access to care is critical for people who experience disadvantage. CoHealth are standing up for our communities disadvantaged!
Elvis at the Night of Kindness as MC of the night alongside great young leaders and decision-makers. The Melbourne City Mission Youth Action Group (YAG), are a group of young leaders who are passionate about raising the profile of young people in Melbourne. Elvis and the YAG Team hosted the Night of Kindness to promote equality and compassion in our society, and reduce the stigma around some of the issues young people face.
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