World Mental Health Day 2020
This October 10 is World Mental Health Day. An opportunity to remind us that our mind’s wellbeing is as important as our physical wellbeing. This year’s campaign encourages us to take a more positive view of mental illness and to challenge negative perceptions surrounding it.
Did you know?
Almost half the total Australian population will experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives (data from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing).
“It’s important to remember that mental illness ‘is NOT a character fault, weakness or something inherently ‘wrong’ with a person. It is an illness like any other”- Mental Health Australia.
“Remember to eat well, sleep well and exercise. And try creative ways to engage socially. Oh, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself, and to others” – www.lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.co.nz
Do You Need Help or Support?
If your life is in danger, always call 000. Otherwise, if you or someone you know is in need of assistance you can contact the following Crisis Counselling Services:
- Lifeline – 13 11 14 – 24/7
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
- Butterfly Foundation National Helpline (for people affected by eating disorders and negative body image issues) – 1800 334 673
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978
- QLife (anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral) – 1800 184 527
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