Quietly suffering? Speak out and tell somebody
NEW figures have shown residents in Warwick are more likely to suffer mental illness or commit suicide than those in Brisbane.
Corina Graham has plenty of experience with the mental health system, both as a support worker and sufferer, and found the figures as no surprise.
"They are what I expected," she said.
"I actually think it would be a lot higher here because there are a lot of people who don't present themselves."
Mrs Graham said mental health services in Warwick tended to waver depending on funding and individual service personnel.
"The help here is hit and miss," Mrs Graham said.
"I've had some dreadful things happen to me and people I know."
She said Warwick certainly had a stigma towards mental health.
"Warwick is a smallish town and, if you having an illness, people will know," Mrs Graham said.
"Instead of seeking services because of this stigma, some commit suicide, and that's a fact."
She said the professionals needed to treat their patients without judgment.
"I think we should be back to a community, instead of professional on this side, and someone suffering on that side," she said.
"There shouldn't be a you and them."
To those quietly suffering, Mrs Graham's advice was clear. "Speak out and tell somebody," she said.
"Because it does get better."