This year we have seen many turbulent changes and unfortunate circumstances as a result of COVID-19. Many people across our state have experienced difficult times and we have all felt uncertainty for our wellbeing and that of those we care about.
Building good mental health is about taking small steps towards treating yourself better, being in tune with your feelings, and understanding how the environment and others around you affect your mood.
It’s also about looking for these signs in the people around you, like your neighbours, friends, family, and workmates.
In the last few months our communities have come together to support one another through difficult times. We know we are stronger together, which is why this year for Mental Health Week we focus on strengthening our community through the way we live, learn, work, and play.
Taking small steps
Here are some small ways you can boost your mental wellbeing starting today:
- Try out a new recipe
- Go for a walk and enjoy nature
- Read or listen to a good book or podcast
- Write a note to someone you care about
- Take a break from your devices for a day
- Try a new physical activity or sport
You can do one of these activities each day this month in this activities calendar.
It’s even better if you can do these activities with others as this helps us stay connected to and supported by our communities. Mental health is built across all the spaces we live in; including where we live, work, learn, and play.
To find out more about mental health, how to get support, or help someone out, there’s plenty of resources to get you started.
- Head to Health: a starting point for finding the resources you need
- Beyondblue: depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention
- My Services: find a specific support service
We encourage you to do something for your mental health this month – whether it’s a once-off activity or a daily commitment. As a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with disability, we know that physical and mental health is always a priority.