We can unlearn the social stigma around depression and anxiety
Through our four part tutorial below, PROP aims to empower those seeking to help friends and loved ones who may be struggling with mental health issues. We believe that by unlearning the restrictive social stigma around depression and anxiety, we can better assist by engaging in a non judgemental and empathetic manner.
People Reaching Out to People
"Imagine if we were as empowered in engaging empathetically with those who are battling with mental health issues as we are with those who are battling with their physical health?
Just imagine the impact our own actions could have just by being present for those who seek to be seen and understood?"
People Reaching Out to People (PROP®) is a mental health education program focused on addressing the underlying stigma often associated with depression and anxiety. Much of our mental health ‘awareness’ is littered with harmful stigma, borne out of outdated social standards. As long as our awareness is even partially influenced by such restrictive and debilitating social stigma, our ability in engaging empathetically with loved ones, friends and workmates will be compromised.
With the help from recognised academics and licensed practitioners, we have put together our Tutorial Series which will be delivered electronically in four modules; each module taking no more than ten minutes to read. It is our belief that through education, we can break the social stigma so we feel as empowered to engage with friends and loved ones who are experiencing depression or anxiety as those who are battling with physical medical conditions. All we ask for is for your time to read and process these four modules. And, should you find this exercise helpful, to help us spread the word around our educational campaign. It takes a village.
What is Mental Illness
In the first tutorial, you will learn about the condition in medical terms and develop an understanding of the many different types and symptoms of mental illnesses.
How to help with Mental Illness?
What are the first steps in helping someone with Mental Ilness? In the second tutorial, you will learn coping mechanisms to help in every way you can.
Let’s talk about suicide
There is help available and it begins with talking about it. In the third tutorial, you will learn how to approach the topic sensitively and appropriately, as we all know, it’s not easy.
Make a difference
In the fourth and final tutorial, we will show you how to make a difference and change the stigma of mental health.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, their trained volunteers are ready to listen, provide support and referrals.
13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.