Mental health is still a subject of taboo in Australia, even though Australia is a pluralistic society made up of diverse communities and immigrants. Most people in Australia arrived here and brought with them their cultures and traditions from their native land.
In most part of the world, like east Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, the subject of mental health is treated as a stigma. This is partly due to narrowed understanding about mental health in these cultures.
The curriculum of mental health could be introduced into schools as a part of the mainstream education. There should be a mental health ethical media committee, which can monitor and regulate media reporting to minimize the risk of spreading myths about mental health illnesses. The overall representation and manifestations on media about mental health issues explicitly denote the lack of knowledge about the nature of psychiatric problems. Media misrepresentation has affected and prevented people seeking help and other behaviors from people about their mental conditions.
Individuals from different walks of life should at least know the main signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders such as: anxiety, depression, panic disorders, adjustment disorders and psychosis.
It would not only help them to seek treatment in the early phase of an illness, but it would also modify their approach towards people. Evidence based literature presents robust benefits about early intervention. Early intervention results in quick recovery, better outcome and prognosis for those experiencing mental health illnesses.
The Muslim world is battling to get awareness about emotional health as myths are rife, treatment is inaccessible or unavailable and pathways of alternative care like quackery, supernatural remedies, can easily be approached.
There should be an exclusive media time just to focus on lifestyle and mental health in order to promote benefits of healthy thinking and routine. The messages should be available, understandable and consistent for the whole public. The knowledge of mental health can not only ease lives, but it could make it worth living even for those who experience severe mental health conditions and illnesses.