Look after your Mental Health, Australia!
October is Mental Health Month and October 10 is World Mental Health Day (WMHD). WMHD is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues through advocacy, education and awareness. The focus for 2022 is Awareness, Belonging, Connection.
How can you join in?
- Each year we encourage you to sign up to receive Mindful Habits for Mental Health tips. Resources and tips for positive mental health practices will be delivered straight to your inbox, and you can download the handy calendar to display at home, your workplace or school.
- Make a mental health promise. It’s a great way to remind yourself to look after your mental wellbeing. Not sure what to promise? You can select one from the ready-made list.
- Need a starting point? Mental Health Australia has ten simple tips to prioritise your mental health, including staying active, getting an early night and keeping to a routine.
- Help raise awareness with ready-made social posts, printable resources, fact sheets and more. Use and follow the hashtags #mentalhealthaustralia #habitsforhealth on social media.
Healthier Habit tip –
Looking After Your Mental Health Australia recommends that setting goals gives a sense of purpose. Write down three things you’d like to achieve.
Mental Wellbeing at MYLI –
The Healthier Habits blog is adapted from the Myli – My Community Library employee ‘Page Break’ program. Page Break is an initiative from our Manager Volunteers & Community Participation, Kathie Olden. Kathie sends out regular updates to staff inviting them to participate in simple activities and conversation starters that focus on making small changes to their mental health and wellbeing.
October Special Events and Dates –
- Victorian Seniors Festival
- National Carers Week – 16 to 22 October
- Children’s Week – 22 to 30 October
- Discover more awareness days and special events during October here.
Extra Support –
The opinions and recommendations in this blog do not replace advice from your doctor or mental health practitioner. If you feel like you need further support, you can access many free mental health helplines, support websites, online counselling, web forums, interactive toolkits, one-on-one counselling and group therapy sessions. Please visit the Better Health website for a comprehensive list of services.