There is no manual for mental illness. No guide to tell us how to respond or what to look for. Throughout our life we learn the basics around physical injury – from first aid at school to workplace safety courses. Parents often learn CPR in case, god forbid, something happens to physically harm their children.
In all of this, the focus is on physical injuries. There are virtually zero touch points to equip us to deal with someone with a mental condition.
Wendy Groot, CEO of Mental Health Carers Australia, says the simple way to look at it, is that people with a mental health issue deserve to have the same rights and access to services and treatment as any other person in the community who is in need of medical support.
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