- Mental Health Week encourages Western Australians to think about their own, and others, mental health and wellbeing
- From Albany to Perth, and up to Kununurra, events are being held across Western Australia
Western Australians are encouraged to take time out this week to check in on their mental health and wellbeing and those of others.
Mental Health Week kicks off today (October 7) and will see a wave of events throughout the State take place until October 14.
This year, the theme 'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play', aims to encourage Western Australians to think about the everyday settings where we can support the wellbeing of others.
From art exhibitions to comedy nights, WA communities are coming together to share, laugh and check-in on each other in everyday settings.
Mental Health Week is run by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, and supported by the State Government through the Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest.
To register your event, or to find one near you, visit http://www.mhw.waamh.org.au
For confidential information, advice and support, call beyondblue 24/7 on 1300 224 636 or in a crisis situation, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For tips on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing, visit http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"All the events taking place have one thing in common - they bring communities together to help people embrace the theme - Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play. I encourage all Western Australians to try and live by this theme, every week of the year.
"Each year, one in every five Australians will experience a mental health issue and about three per cent of Australians live with a severe mental illness which can significantly impact their ability to function day-to-day without the right treatment and support.
"This theme encourages us all to think about the things we can do every day, no matter where we are, to not only improve our own mental health and wellbeing but the mental health and wellbeing of those around us too."
Minister's office - 6552 6500