Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Mental Health; Aboriginal Affairs; Industrial Relations

    Mental health focus starts with our children

    14/07/2021 8:00 AM
     
    • Mental Health Week to run from October 9-16, 2021
    • This year's theme to focus on the prevention of mental health issues in our children

    Mental Health Week 2021 will be held from October 9-16 this year and will engage children, parents, carers, family members and people who work with children in how they can support wellbeing, right from the start.

     

    The theme for Mental Health Week 2021 in Western Australia is 'Mental health starts with our children'.

     

    The week will include community events and activities, as well as the development of resources and fact sheets for individuals and organisations.

     

    The aim of Mental Health Week is to raise awareness of mental health issues, improve mental health literacy, reduce stigma and discrimination and contribute to improved mental health and wellbeing of Western Australians.

     

    The 2021 theme recognises how critical experiences are in the early and formative years for lifelong brain development and functioning, learning, resilience, and wellbeing.

     

    More information about Mental Health Week can be found at http://mentalhealthweek.org.au

     

    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson:
     
    "There is much that we as a community can learn about looking after our mental health and wellbeing.

     

    "Getting involved with your kids' wellbeing, listening and supporting them, and taking care of their basic needs are so important to help prevent lifelong mental health issues.

     

    "Mental Health Week is also a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the support services available for young people and families.

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting and improving the mental health and wellbeing of our communities and young people across Western Australia."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800

     

    Additional information about Mental Health Week 2021

     

    Mental Health Week is a national week celebrated each year in October kicking off with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

     

    Given how critical the early years are for lifelong brain development and functioning, learning, and wellbeing, the theme for Mental Health Week 2021 in Western Australia is 'Mental health starts with our children'.

     

    The theme recognises how a person's mental health reflects the interaction of a lifetime of individual and lifestyle factors with a range of environmental, community and family risk factors.

     

    For both children and adults, taking care of basic needs for shelter, food, warmth and rest are essential to mental wellbeing.

     

    Mental Health Week will run from October 9-16, 2021 and foster the creation, curation and organisation of a range of resources, activities, events, factsheets, tips and strategies in the lead up to, and during, the week.

     

    These will promote positive, helpful interactions, self-care tips and behavioural strategies while incorporating fun, light-hearted elements along the way. Many of these will encourage creative expression through dancing, playing, talking, reading, journaling and drawing.

     

    Mental Health Week aims to prevent mental health issues developing in our community through increased awareness and education, and offering practical strategies and tips about how we can all protect and look after our own mental wellbeing as well as that of those around us.