Posted: 14 October, 2016
by Heidi Anderson
Mental Health Week with Heidi
People with mental health issues should feel less alone
After I did, I was overwhelmed with support and I heard from people all over the world — I had to respond to 1000-plus messages. The one big thing I got from each individual is that they all felt alone.
So this week’s column is for people who feel alone and may be suffering from mental health issues, or know someone who is.
Did you know one in five people aged 18-85 will be diagnosed with mental health illnesses? The more we speak out about it and start conversations, the less alone people will feel.
Mental health is something we all take for granted sometimes and it is a topic that can make many of us feel uncomfortable. And that shouldn’t be the case, so let’s keep this conversation going today!
This week, I launched a mental health podcast with one of my radio sisters from the Gold Coast, Bianca Dye. Both of us have anxiety and our mission is to break down taboos around invisible illnesses one step at a time.
You can search for “Bianca and Heidi get mental-er” on iTunes or listen at www.realheidi.com/podcast. We discuss all about our anxiety in the first chat and in the second episode, we caught up with Perth blogger Constance Hall and musical star Rob Mills.
Both of them are extremely passionate about mental health and open up about their own experiences.
In episodes to come, we’ll chat with a local truck driver, Marty about his anxiety, comedian Tom Ballard will join us, along with Edwina Bartholomew and many more.
Some other mental health chats I had were with Taylor, a Perth girl, speaking about bullying and her attempted suicide and Geordie Shore’s Sophie Kasaei, who opened up about her depression and anxiety.