FOLLOWING the evening event of Lifting The Lid On Mental Illness, Professor Helen Christensen and Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert attended St Philip’s Christian College (SPCC) and Tomaree High School, where students from Years 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to listen to world leading professors as they shared their findings and knowledge on mental health.
Dr Tim Petterson, Principal of St Philip’s Christian College, told News Of The Area, “It is very impressive, the advances being made in the area of mental health, raising awareness and reducing stigma is essential.”
News Of The Area spoke to Phoebe Trott and Noel Davis, two St Philip’s Year 11 students.
These are their combined responses:
Do you feel that this type of presentation reduces the stigma associated with mental illness?
Yes, this presentation shed light on the causes associated with mental illnesses (psychologically and chemically).
As society progresses, there is an emphasis on the prevalence of mental illness, showing that those with mental illness are not alone.
Do you feel, after attending the presentation, you will be less likely to judge someone who shares with you they have depression/anxiety or any other mental illness?
I would never have judged anyone on the basis of their mental health, but this has enlightened me [about] the judgements that others do face and how to prevent this.
Are you now confident that if you ever feel like you/a friend or family member have depression/anxiety or any other mental health problem that you would seek/encourage them to get help?
I believe that seeking assistance with a mental illness is very important and the core to achieving any kind of breakthrough.
Encouraging others to get help is a vital step in the right direction. This presentation has shown us the wide range of resources available to assist us in overcoming these issues.
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By Mandy ELLIS