When it comes to health, we often neglect our minds. But a mental illness is just like any other illness. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and is actually very common – almost half of all Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
Although other people may not be able to see the effects, mental illness can impact your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and the ability to relate to others. Many treatments are available, but what may work for one person may not work for another.
At HealthMatch, we’re bringing forward tomorrow’s treatments. We have trials actively recruiting for mental health patients, including those researching new treatments targeting anxiety, alcohol dependence, and depression.
“Having depression is like having all your positive thoughts and feelings locked in a cage, that you have the key to… but you just can’t find.” Gwen*, 26
Looking for help with mental health? Whatever’s going on in your mind, we’re here to help. Find a mental health clinical trial today.
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Australians die from suicide each day¹
Australians will experience depression in their lifetime²
Australians have experienced an anxiety disorder³
Clinical trials are vital for researchers and physicians to advance modern medicine and improve the quality of life for future patients. All the drugs and medical equipment we use today are available because patients participated in clinical trials.
Our platform helps you find the right match by showing you only trials you’re eligible for and simplifying the jargon. You’re then able to view matches and apply for trials in an easy-to-use dashboard. Once you’ve been accepted, we’ll put you in direct contract with the trial group.
If you don’t match with a clinical trial today, we won’t stop searching until we find the right match for you.
Our community consists of a diverse team of doctors, engineers, scientists, and people dedicated to challenging the status quo of medical research.
We are united by a passion to deliver better healthcare options, for all, regardless of location, background or means. This means access to trials and the revolutionary treatments that come from them.
Mental health refers to the wide range of conditions that impact mental well-being. It is generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
The most common conditions are anxiety, affective disorders (especially depression), and substance abuse disorders. Other conditions include schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; personality disorders (like borderline personality disorder); and eating disorders.
The symptoms of having a mental health disorder depend on the specific condition.
However, some common signs and symptoms include feelings of anxiousness and worry; persistent sad or low moods; emotional outbursts; problems with sleep patterns; changes in weight or appetite; suicidal ideation; deteriorating concentration or performance at school or in the workplace; withdrawing from friends or family and more.
Mental health disorders are often treated using a holistic approach.
Effective treatments can include medication, supportive therapy, rehabilitation, lifestyle modifications, and more. These treatments are often used in combination with one another.
Technically there is no singular cure for mental illness – but most mental illness can be effectively treated. Many people, when treated appropriately, recover fully without any further episodes. Other people find that their mental illness recurs throughout their life, and requires ongoing treatment.
1 Black Dog Institute, Facts & figures about mental health (PDF)
2 3 Beyond Blue, Statistics
*Names have been changed to protect identity