Julia Roberts’ Oscar-nominated film, The Help, has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of a disabled child’s journey to independence.
But what many have not noticed is that Robert’s story was not the first of its kind.
For years, families of people with mental illnesses were struggling to make ends meet in rural areas across Australia.
At one point, the ABC reported that mental health services were struggling with the number of people they were able to provide care to.
This has led to a national discussion about the role of mental health professionals in providing services to the vulnerable.
The story of Julia Rogerts’ orphanage was one of this change.
At a time when many families faced homelessness and destitution, Julia Roherts was a child of privilege and opportunity.
At her orphanage, Julia was given the chance to live and thrive in her community and the opportunity to work alongside children from other disadvantaged backgrounds.
And she did.
The ABC contacted the Department of Human Services to find out more about the situation of people who have experienced mental health issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders.
It was with a sense of excitement that we spoke to the director of the Australian Mental Health Foundation, Dr John O’Donovan, about his experience working with Julia.
Dr O’Doherty is a psychiatrist and the Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of NSW.
He has been working with children and adults with mental health conditions for almost a decade.
He says that, for people in rural Australia, the majority of people that he has worked with have experienced some form of mental illness, and often a number of these mental health problems were the result of having a disability.
“We often see that this is a very vulnerable population,” Dr O’Dogan says.
“And for many of these people, particularly those that are living in rural communities, they have suffered for a long time and their condition is exacerbated by having a mental health condition, and that can be an added barrier to their lives.”
So when they see that the Australian Government is trying to provide them with services, it’s really a shame that they don’t get the support they need.
“Dr O’s experience is similar to that of many families of mental illnesses that are struggling to access the support that they need.”
Often, when people have been able to access support from the State Government, they’re not able to go out into the community to look for jobs,” he says.
The stigma surrounding mental illness in the country has created a barrier to accessing services.”
They don’t have the resources to do that, and it’s just not practical, or the stigma around mental health is so great that people are reluctant to get involved in helping out people that they know may be struggling,” Dr. O’Kelly says.
Dr. O’s own experience with mental illness is a little different to that that Julia’s.”
When I was a young girl, my parents were separated and living in different houses and had to work, so I grew up in an area that was very isolated and very isolated, and I think that was one part of why I was so depressed,” he recalls.”
There were lots of other people around me who were just not coping, and so I was always on the lookout for any sign that somebody was out there that was going to help.
“He says when Julia was a toddler, she was given her first therapy session, and at that point, she felt a little bit better.”
She went into the sessions, and she was able to talk about her feelings, and what her feelings were, and her feelings about her situation,” he explains.”
That was really when I really started to feel like I was in the right place, because I felt I was helping somebody that was struggling, and hopefully that helped her.
“I’ve since realised that she’s a very special little girl.”‘
The difference between a child and a person is the person who is not disabled’While Julia Rocherts story was a landmark, many families have experienced difficulties in accessing the support services that they may need.
The mental health community has spoken out about this issue.
In September, the Australian Federation of Social Workers (AFSW) released a report that revealed that a quarter of Australians had been refused care due to mental health concerns.
The AFSW also reported that over 1,000 Australians were unable to access services due to a lack of money, and a further 6,000 were not being served due to financial issues.
It’s not just the people who are struggling with mental healthcare issues that are impacted by this stigma.
“What it comes down to is that the difference between the child and the person is that they are not disabled,” Dr Karyn Kelly says.
Julia Roberthts story is a reminder that a child doesn’t need to have