Don’t tell someone to get over it. Help them get through it.
Currently Australia lacks an overarching mental health ‘architecture’. There is no agreed national design or structure that facilitates prevention or proper care for people with mental illness. Mental health and psychiatric care are grossly underfunded when compared to physical health care. The extent of mental health conditions in the community is extensive, with almost a majority of adult Australians experiencing a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime. Some of these have significantly worse levels of morbidity, or premature mortality, than the general population. Yet this sector receives less than half the funding of the comparable burden of disease funding.
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 was invited as the speaker on Purple Day at Melbourne Water to share his personal life experience and to explain the emerging challenges organisation face to promote, achieve and preserve basic human rights.
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 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.