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Article Date: 11 Oct 2010 – 3:00 PDT

Mental health week 2010 will focus on the detrimental impact of untreated mental health disorders on patients suffering from chronic illnesses.

ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said it is alarming that patients with chronic illnesses suffer much greater rates of depression and anxiety than the general population.

Ms Thomas said that we must focus more on early treatment of depression in people with chronic illness, so they have a chance of overcoming the symptoms and enjoying a better quality of life.

“Optimum mental health leads to greatly improved physical health and faster recovery rates, which is good for the Australian community, and which will reduce the cost of long term treatments and health support she said.

Nurses and midwives play a crucial role in intervention, assistance and referral of patients across all health sectors, but we must invest more into urgent education at universities and in the workplace to better equip nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

“Better training and education will ensure that nurses have the skills to recognise the symptoms and assist with treatment and referral,” Ms Thomas said. 

Read in Full:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204175.php



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