Pharmacist, pharmacists and nurses are often in a unique position to help those in need and give back to society.
But it’s a position they take in an increasingly complex society, as they have to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of healthcare.
Dr Sarah Riddle from the National Council of Pharmacy said there was still a lack of clarity on how to be good neighbours and how to help others in need.
“The main focus is to provide a safe environment and have a positive impact on others, but you need to be aware of the environment you’re living in,” she said.
“You’re in a situation where there’s an increasing need for people to get out of the house and to have a safe place to live, and you have to make sure that your own wellbeing is always at the forefront of your mind.”
So, I think it’s important to understand that you’re also part of the health and wellbeing of others.
“Dr Riddle said it was important for people with mental health problems to understand the need to take medication and be monitored.”
We’ve found that people who are struggling with mental illness tend to be more anxious, which is something that we all have,” she explained.”
Some people who struggle with mental issues are more anxious than people who don’t, so it makes sense to make those mental health interventions a priority.
“While mental health was a focus of the National Mental Health Strategy, Dr Riddle also wanted to highlight the need for mental health professionals to be able to speak to others about their mental health issues.”
It’s important for those people who have mental health to know that you don’t need to isolate yourself from others,” she added.”
Because the majority of mental health services are for people who do have mental illness, you need people to be open to that.
“If they need to talk to someone who is in a similar position, they need help.”
Dr Sarah said there were still too many people with a range of mental illnesses who weren’t getting the support they needed.
“There are so many of them that they’re missing out on a range and some of those people don’t get the support that they need, which we want to support,” she told 7.30.
The National Mental Service Council (NMSC) is the organisation that represents the mental health professions in Australia and supports them in their role as providers of support and advocacy.
Dr Riddles view of the mental healthcare system was similar to what Dr Riddle described as the “wonderful world of the internet”.
“I think we are still very much a country of individual choices,” she noted.
“I really think that we need to encourage people to have as many choices as possible.”
But I think we also need to ensure that the choices that people make are good ones and that the outcomes are good for the people who live with them.