Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Mental Health Week has something for everyone

    2/10/2015 9:10 AM
    • Comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre to open 2015 Mental Health Week
    • Opportunity  to enjoy the lighter side of life, with laughter for wellbeing

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton will tonight open an all-ages comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre, starring well-known Australian stand-up comedian Joel Creasey, to launch Mental Health Week in Western Australia.


    A sell-out audience of more than 1,000 people is expected to attend a night of laughs and light entertainment, while also increasing community awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.


    Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10, with more than 50 events and activities which promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and are open to all members of the public.


    "Everyone has the ability to adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach to suit their lifestyle and to build and maintain better mental health," Mrs Morton said.


    "Being active, having a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.


    "Some ways to Act can include keeping mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active, taking a walk, reading a book and getting creative.  To Belong can include joining a club, volunteering, connecting with friends and family and getting involved in your community.  While ways to Commit can include taking up a cause, helping a neighbour, finding your passion or learning something new.


    "I encourage people to get along to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week.  There are many public and community-based services out there ready to provide support."


    To view events, visit http://mhw.waamh.org.au/2015-events/  


    Fact File

    • Mental Health Week runs October 2-10, 2015
    • For more events and information, visit http://mhw.waamh.org.au   
    • In WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health

    Minister's office - 6552 6900