Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

This year, Mental Health Week will be celebrated all around Australia between Sunday, 7 October until Saturday, 13th October with World Mental Health Day (WMHD) observed globally on October 10 every year.

The campaign addresses mental health stigma by asking people to shed a more positive light on mental health issues and the one in five Australians who experience mental illness annually.

Mental Health Week this year aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities by:
– Encouraging each of us to support and look out for one another
– Promoting mental health discussion – learning the ‘language’ of expressing feelings, good and bad
– Continuing to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help

What can we do to help?

– This year we are asking any playgroup sessions running on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday, 10 October 2018, to brand themselves as ‘World Mental Health Day Playgroups’ and share this on social media using the hashtags #wmhd2018 #playgroupwa

– If you aren’t running a session on this day, you can still promote positive mental health, raise awareness or share how playgroup has helped you to connect with your community and create friendships

– It’s normal to have ups and downs in every day life. If you or someone you know is have a hard time then take a mental health check and get advice and tools on how to be supported: https://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au/

– Make a #Mentalhealthpromise and help shed a more positive light on mental health issues in our community: https://1010.org.au/make-a-promise/

Don’t forget to encourage safe conversations with friends, loved ones, in your community.

Resources 

Below are some useful websites to refer to:

Mental Health Week WA
https://mhw.waamh.org.au/ 

Children & Families
https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families

New Mums
https://www.panda.org.au/awareness/resources

Men’s Mental Health
https://au.movember.com/mens-health/mental-health

Anxiety
https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/clinical-resources/anxiety

Depression
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression

To connect with local parents in your community, find your nearest playgroup here:
www.playgroupwa.com.au/find-a-playgroup

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