In any given year 20% of the population is experiencing mental health issues, 45% in their lifetime. Mental Health Week (8-14 October) is the perfect time to have an open discussion on mental health. Our Mental Health Consultant Georgia Watson believes Mental Health Week is important to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community.
“It is an opportunity to gain more understanding of mental health issues. A great way to learn more about mental health issues is by tuning in to the ABC’s Mental As program,” she said.
Mental Health Week acts as a yearly reminder to check up on friends, family and co-workers.
“The week is a prompt to connect with the people around us and see how they are doing. Questions such as ‘How are you going? Would you like any help/support?’ can let the person know you care and are keen to help. You don’t have to have all the answers to their problems, just being there for someone and showing you care is extremely helpful”.
You should not neglect your own mental health.
“Questions such as ‘How am I feeling? Have I been looking after myself? Are there any stressors in my life, and what help can I access?’ can help you to check in with yourself. If you feel like some help/support, please reach out to someone you can talk to like family, friends, doctors, counsellors and helplines. Some healthy, self-care activities include exercise, getting enough sleep, healthy eating, meditation/mindfulness activities.”
The week is also an opportunity to connect with your local community. There are lots of events happening across the state for Mental Health Week.
We still have a long way to go in understanding mental health. If you would like to support mental health research go to MentalAs for more information about what you can do.
“I would like to wish you all a positive educational week, which celebrates the importance of openly discussing mental health and looking after ourselves and those around us,” she said.
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800