Help is on the way with mental issues as facility opens
MENTAL health - it's that giant elephant in the room.
But not for long, with Rockhampton taking a step forward to tackle the issue.
A $5 million rural mental health wing at Rockhampton's Hillcrest Hospital will open on Monday providing much-needed help for those suffering from mental illness.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that areas out west had been suffering with tough times in the cattle and mining industries.
She said some of those affected needed somewhere to seek support.
"We really do push for country people to seek some professional help.
"Our farmers have had the drought for years, I encourage people to talk to their doctor and talk about these issues," Ms Landry said.
The state-of-the-art facility will have the hospital's mental health unit expand from 12 beds to 24, with $2.1million of funding for the unit from the Federal Government.
With National Mental Health Week under way, Ms Landry is trying to get the message out there for more people to seek help, rather than stay silent.
"We all have hard times when we feel very low and it's important that people not feel shamed or embarrassment about getting to their doctor," Ms Landry said.
MENTAL HEALTH FACTS
One in five Australians will suffer from mental illness this year
Around one million Australian adults live with depression each year
Around 178,000 young people live with depression each year
One in four Aussies will suffer from anxiety in their lives
Men are more than twice as likely as woman to have substance abuse disorders