It is not uncommon for a person with a mental illness to deny they are ill or that they need help. This is particularly true for people with a psychotic illness or Bipolar Disorder. This may be due to their lack of insight or awareness due to the illness. They may refuse to seek help for their illness and believe that it will fix itself or that it doesn’t exist.
How you speak to the person and approach the subject may be a critical factor in convincing them to seek the help they need. Be aware of how the person is behaving and any changes that may be of concern.
Some signs and symptoms that someone may be mentally unwell includes if they:
- are overly suspicious of others
- see or hear things which are not real
- have thoughts which are not in tune with reality
- have serious disturbance of thought
- behave significantly differently
- are considered a danger to themselves and/or others
- talk about wanting to harm self and/or suicide
- talk about feeling very down and nothing can help
- are often tearful or overly sensitive
- are overly anxious, scared and fearful about situations or objects
- lose interest in day to day activities
- have trouble sleeping at night or needs very little sleep
- stop reaching out to family and friends and has isolated themselves
- may have started using an excessive amount of alcohol or other drugs
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In an emergency please call 000
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511 – 24 hr service across NSW
ARAFMI – Central Coast
(02) 4323 7731
ARAFMI – Hunter
(02) 4922 1546
ARAFMI – Illawarra
(02) 4283 3993 / (02) 4283 3499
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc
02 9879 2600
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
1800 052 222
1300 224 636
Mental Health Advocacy Service (Legal Aid)
02 9745 4277
This information is for educational purposes. As neither brochures nor websites can diagnose people it is always important to obtain professional advice and/or help when needed.
This information may be reproduced with an acknowledgement to WayAhead – Mental Health Association.
The Association encourages feedback and welcomes comments about the information provided.