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1. How many Australians are estimated
to have experienced mental illness
at some time in their life?
a) <3 million.
b) 4 million.
c) >7 million.
d) 12 million.
2. People with mental illness
(compared to those who do not have
a mental illness) have lower rates of:
a) physical illness.
b) accessing help from health services.
3. Which of the following attributes
are helpful when working with
people experiencing mental illness?
a) Treat everyone with care and respect.
b) Do not ask how they feel as they may
burst into tears.
c) Avoid doing or saying anything that is
d) Speak slowly and repeat the
information you provide.
4. Mental health first aid training aims
a) reduce stigma.
b) improve confidence.
c) improve recognition of mental
d) All of the above.
5. Which of the following descriptions
is referring to SANE Australia?
a) An independent organisation that acts
as a 'voice' for mental health carers,
advocating for better treatment and
support for family members.
b) A Victorian network of service
c) A national charity that works for a
better life for people affected by
mental illness, providing information
sheets and books for purchase, as well
as personal stories from people who
have experienced mental illness.
d) A Victorian organisation that provides
age-appropriate information for young
people about the diagnosis of mental
her to pass them on to her daughter and
suggest a follow-up with her daughter in
a few days to check how she is managing
with the new medication. You advise Julie
that if there is any concern about her
daughter's wellbeing they should consult
their GP or psychiatrist immediately.
The research project mentioned in this
article was funded by a grant from the
Australian Government Department of
Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth
Community Pharmacy Agreement Research
and Development Program managed by
the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
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Mental illness is a leading cause of
non-fatal burden of injury and disease in
People with mental illness suffer greater
psychological distress, higher rates of
disability, poorer physical health and
higher rates of death from many causes
including suicide than people who do
not experience mental illness. Despite
this, the number of people accessing
help for a mental health-related problem
is low and stigmatisation is an ongoing
Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants
are able to make a positive impact
on the health-related quality of life of
people experiencing mental illness with
a holistic, individualised, respectful and
empowering approach to care. These
patient-centred attributes will contribute
to the pharmacy being a welcoming and
'safe mental health space'.
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