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ON the back of rising mental health issues in the south-west and nationally, local medical professionals are highlighting what steps to take and what resources are available for people seeking treatment.
Mental illness affects one in five Australians aged 16-85 each year.
Mental health professionals agreed that in regional communities, the demand for services was reflected by what was happening in the community.
Following the St Patrick’s Day fires in March, there was an increase in referrals across the south-west region.
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HAMITLON Medical Group doctor, Mark Johnson, said the first stage for anyone suffering from a mental illness was recognising it and taking the steps to seek help.