Mental Health Week is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission and Western Australian Association for Mental Health, and is held each year in October to coincide with the world Mental Health Day, which is held on October 10th. This year sees Mental Health Week running from October 4th to October 10th, and its theme is “Celebrate, Connect, Grow”. Each year events are held to recognise Mental Health Week, and its aim is to promote social and emotional wellbeing, and empower people to take charge of their own mental health and mental health recovery.
There are many ways to get involved, and everyone is encouraged to either host their own event or get involved in someone else’s. If you don’t know how to get started, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health has plenty of ideas and tips on making your event a success – even ideas on what to do, plus council and WAAMH grants available to help fund your event. They have downloads available for media releases, or you can register your event with WAAMH and they’ll advertise it for you.
Don’t be put off if you don’t live in Western Australia – Mental Health Week commemorations take place all over the country, including in New South Wales where its partners are NSW Health, acon and Transcultural Mental Health Centre.
Events you can attend this year range from workshops on suicide prevention and developing national standards, to art and photography exhibitions, bike runs and stand up comedy. If you can’t get out to one of the many experiences held all over Australia, you can still help raise funds – and mental health awareness – by purchasing from a range of promotional items. Send a postcard to someone you miss, or give a colleague a bookmark with tips on staying mentally healthy. It might just be the contact they need to know they’re thought of. Perhaps you feel a bit overwhelmed and in need of some advice – the website has some fact sheets and resources to put you in touch with experts who can help.
If you can’t wait, or you can’t face the world to seek the help you need (maybe you have a friend in need) then consider making an appointment through 1stAvailable. Without leaving the comfort of your home and any time of the day or night, you can make an appointment with a mental health professional who will help you get back on track. Bookings can be made even when the practice is closed, and it’s free to use. What’s more, if the practice you’re already using is not listed with us, then simply bring them along to sign up.