Anxiety is a more common mental health disorder in Australia than you might think, especially in the workplace.
Recent research conducted by Roy Morgan reveals that 13.8 per cent of all Australians aged 18 and over suffer from anxiety. That's 2.44 million people.
Worryingly, this number represents an increase in the number of people experiencing anxiety attacks. In 2008, only 9.9 per cent of the population reported suffering from this condition.
This is why Beyondblue, an Australian organisation set on reducing the occurrences and impact of anxiety in our country, is heading a campaign to raise awareness about this debilitating condition.
"Anxiety is even more common than depression, with one in four Australians experiencing an anxiety condition at some stage in their lives," stated Beyondblue's chairman Jeff Kennett.
Get to Know Anxiety is the first national anxiety-awareness campaign ever launched in Australia, and has cost a total of $2 million to get off the ground.
Only 12 per cent of Australians regard anxiety as a major mental health problem, explains Mr Kennett, while depression is regarded as such by 58 per cent of the country.
Clearly both sufferers and the wider population have a lot to learn about anxiety disorders.
Most important for those who are suffering from anxiety is the fact that many disorders related to this mental illness are highly treatable.
The key to getting treated is first being able to recognise the symptoms of an anxiety attack.
Hot and cold flushes, a tightening of the chest, a racing heart, and obsessive-compulsive behaviour are all signs to look out for. If you ever experience these symptoms or recognise them in others around the workplace, consider contacting a medical professional.
Previously successful treatments for anxiety disorders have included cognitive behaviour therapy and relaxation training.
Mr Kennett is adamant that "there is no need to continue living with these symptoms without support".
According to the government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), many aspects of mental health care, such as psychology services and hospital admissions, can be covered by a private health insurance plan.
And, if you are a business owner who is concerned for the health and wellbeing of your employees, a corporate health plan could see them getting the mental health care they require.
Contact HICA today. We will help you compare health insurance policies to find one that will suit the needs of you and your business.