The Australian Institute of Health Welfare (2021) indicated 1 in 5 Australians (5 million) will suffer mental health conditions, however, a staggering 54% of these people do not access treatment.
An estimated 163,000 people are projected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2022, and the impact of cancer on mental health is often overlooked.
40% of cancer patients experience clinically significant mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, making the need for care evident. (Cancer Council Victoria)
If you are living with cancer and need support, there are a number of reputable organisations equipped to help.
You never walk this road alone.
Cancer Council 13 11 20
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Canteen Connect online service – https://canteenconnect.org/
Those living with sarcoma nationally have access to clinically supervised free of charge support services through the Fergus McCulla Psychological Support Programme.
Call Keith Cox or Tania Rice-Brading 02 93575378 or go to the link in our bio to arrange a consultation.
Finally when you ask anyone the question RUOK? It’s important to really listen to the answer, encourage relevant action and check in regularly with that person to see how they’re doing.