The link between physical and mental health
Each year, World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October to raise awareness of mental health challenges faced by people all around the world.
Mental health challenges are common and with 1 in 5 adults experiencing a mental health episode in any one-year period, it is a national health priority in Australia.
Mental health challenges are nothing to be ashamed of and we all play a role in combating the stigma that is associated with them, not just on World Mental Health Day, but every day.
What we know
When considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of separately. There are various connections between mental health and chronic physical health.
For some people, poor physical health can impact their mental health. Similarly, poor mental health can have impacts on a persons’ physical health. Both of which can have significant affects on a person’ overall quality of life and wellbeing.
Studies have shown us that:
- Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, have been linked to poor physical conditions, such as chronic lower back pain
- Chronic and persistent pain could be the catalyst for ongoing and untreated mental health problems.
Understanding the connection between mental and physical health is the first step in developing strategies to support those living with mental health challenges and chronic physical conditions.
How we can help
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), we are not experts on mental health, though we are trained and qualified experts on the importance of physical health and getting you there, safely and quickly.
We know that a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise has many benefits, including mental and physical health. We also know that untreated physical injuries and conditions can cause ongoing problems.
To find out more about how the experienced chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) treat physical injuries and conditions, visit our what we do page.
If you, or someone you know, are going through a difficult time, we encourage you to contact a support hotline. The below Australian hotlines provide 24 hour support and are either free or the cost of a local call:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Kids helpline: 1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Please contact Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) with any questions about this article.
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