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Health & Well-Being

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (Definition by the World Health Organisation)

Below are some common health and well-being issues, for which WIRE has developed printed resources.


Every person experiences feelings of anxiety at some time in their life, and women are twice as likely to suffer from some form of anxiety than men. It is commonly triggered by stressful situations, traumatic experiences or just by natural feelings of nervousness. There are many different types of anxiety, which can range from panic disorder to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety can be treated and controlled through various means, depending on the specific needs of the person.

Anxiety Info Sheet (Word doc)


Like anxiety, many more women are susceptible to depression. Depression can range from mild to severe and is a condition that often makes people feel negative, moody, lethargic and withdrawn. Depression has many causes and its signs and symptoms can be recognised by you or by others. Many support services are available for you to seek help from if you feel you might be suffering from depression. Although difficult at first, it is important to take steps to treat your condition before it gets worse.

Depression Info Sheet (Word doc)


Many people who wish to seek counselling often do not know the first steps to take. This information sheet will help you answer questions such as how to find the right counsellor, what counselling services are available, what counsellors can help you with and what happens if you have a problem with a counsellor. Counselling does not have to be expensive either and there are many low-cost services available.

Counselling Info Sheet (Word doc)


When gambling becomes a problem it puts strain on the family relationships and finances. Women gamble for a variety of reasons, but it is important to know that there is support and free specialist services to help get out of gambling. Whether it is you or someone close to you who has a gambling problem, here are some practical steps on how to control gambling.

Gambling Info Sheet (Word doc)

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
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