“We found three-quarters of people were struggling with their mental health in one way or another and out of those 20 per cent are not getting help and that’s very dangerous for our community,”
said Reverend Garner.
“We don’t talk about these things and one of the good things I’m hoping comes from this global malaise is more of a willingness to talk about our mental health and wellbeing.”
The Wesley data comes as Beyond Blue reports that seeking support for mental health issues reduces distress and improves people’s ability to cope.
A peer-reviewed study in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia found even a single phone call or webchat session with a mental health professional from the group had immediate positive effects.
The study of more than 400 people found Beyond Blue’s online and phone counselling services to be effective, and those who used it were likely to take further