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New mental health resources now available

Jean Hailes news 14 Sep 2020
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Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is pleased to announce the addition of 11 new fact sheets and three videos to its existing suite of mental health resources.

Thanks to funding from Liptember, Jean Hailes has drawn on evidence-based research and the expertise of Jean Hailes clinicians to create a ‘Staying well as you age’ fact sheet in plain English.

To better support women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the fact sheet has also been translated into 10 languages by translation service Ethnolink. It is available in in Arabic, Macedonian, Korean, Traditional Chinese (Cantonese), Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Greek, Croatian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Thanks also to funding from Liptember, Jean Hailes has also produced three new videos in which three women spanning different age groups discuss their experiences of living with, and managing, anxiety. Each short video offers a unique perspective into the mental health condition that affects, on average, one in three women in Australia.

Later-life depression and anxiety is one of the major mental health problems of this century. With Australia’s population now including a larger proportion of older women than ever before, it's essential that research, programs and resources are available to help women through this potentially challenging time.

Jean Hailes CEO, Janet Michelmore AO, said the new resources are being released at a particularly challenging time when the mental health of many women had been tested by the impact of events such as the bushfires and COVID-19.

“We want women to know that there are many ways they can help themselves to stay mentally well,”

Ms Michelmore said.

“We hope these resources can also help them to be more aware of when they may need a little extra support, and how to find it if and when they do.”

Liptember is an annual national campaign dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women’s mental health. Held every September since 2010, Liptember has supported mental health research, services and support programs ranging from accommodation and crisis counselling to facts sheets such as these.

Since 2017, Jean Hailes for Women's Health has also partnered with Liptember to conduct a national research project into what helps to keep women mentally well as they age.

Liptember managing director Luke Morris said it was important that language not be a barrier to women finding support to stay mentally well as they got older.

“We’re seeing a huge demand for mental health services at the moment and in these challenging times it’s important that everyone has access to the information they need to seek help,” said Mr Morris.

The Jean Hailes existing mental and emotional health resources include the recently updated Anxiety pages, videos on how older women stay well, and information and advice on depression, stress, body image, grief and loss, coping with change, PMD and PMDD, memory and dementia, postnatal depression, relaxation and mindfulness and more.

Read and download the new fact sheets here.

See the new videos here.

To see the full range of mental health and wellbeing resources, visit: https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health