It’s the start of Mental Health Week, and there’s plenty of events and activities to get involved with! We provide details about upcoming events and share activities you can do to take care of your mental wellbeing.
Last month we shone a spotlight on suicide prevention and covered the ways to ask others around us if they are okay. Hosted by the WA Association of Mental Health (WAAMH), this year’s focus is on mental health ‘where we live, learn, work, and play.’ Each of us belong to a variety of different networks, made up of family, friends, coworkers, peers, and community members. Having good mental health is important no matter where you are or what group you belong to.
Building up community involvement will also boost our mental health, keep us connected, and provide a support network. Like the previous years, a number of community events are available through the week to encourage open conversation about mental health and reduce stigma.
10th October – World Mental Health Day is an occasion for everyone to take a moment to reflect on mental health and that of others around us. You can get involved by making your own promise to promote good mental health and reduce stigma. Free mental health resources will also be distributed around the Perth metro area throughout the day.
13th October – Livin WA’s Unmasked Charity Ball held at the Perth Convention Centre focuses on the ‘masks’ people use to hide their mental health issues.
Here’s the full list of events.
Taking care of ourselves
Most people are good at looking after their physical health, but it’s easy to forget about our mental health. Use this week to reflect on how you’re feeling – ask yourself if you’re feeling good, or experiencing any stress or anxiety. It’s a good opportunity to do reconnect with old friends, meet new people, or get involved in the community. Here are a couple of suggestions to start you off:
- Invite your friends and family over for a get-together
- Host a Mental Health Week event in your local community
- Visit your local community areas like parks, centres, and libraries
- Attend a class in something you’ve always wanted to try
Be creative, reach out to others, and see what you can achieve! Stay tuned for further tips and suggestions this week.