Make the most out of Mental Health Week

By October 7, 2017Uncategorised

Mental Health Week, the annual mental health awareness week is here again.  And World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10.

It has been reassuring that over the last years mental health awareness has been in the public arena for more than just one week in the year.

Being mindfull of our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others should be something we think about often.  The figures are out there there to prove it. One in five Australians experience mental illness each year. That means over three million Australians from their teens to their eighties.

Mental Health Week has been a great way to kick start conversations about mental health and to open up ways of helping us better understand the range of issues that make up mental health problems.

It has been reassuring that over the last years mental health awareness has been in the public arena for more than just one week in the year. Being mindfull of our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others should be something we think about often.  The figures are out there there to prove it. One in five Australians experience mental illness each year. That means over three million Australians from their teens to their eighties.

Mental Health Week has been a great way to kick start conversations about mental health and to open up ways of helping us better understand the range of issues that make up mental health problems. Depression and anxiety, alcohol and other substance addiction, Post Traumatic Stress, all of these can affect any one of us in different ways.  Sometimes there can be several convictions at the same time. Organisations have come into existence to help spread the word, provide resources and develop ways using social media and other new technologies to help people with mental health problems and their families, friends and communities.

Stigma surrounding mental health has been another issues that has come under the spotlight too. That has been a great help in understanding mental health. Businesses, community groups, schools, government bodies, local councils, so many individuals and groups come together during the week to show support and understanding and undertake to get abetter understanding too.

Check out the range of activities and resources available during Mental Health Week and help a friend, a family member, a colleague or even help yourself.

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