1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising mental health and wellbeing has been more important than ever. This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

This year the campaign is asking participants to make a mental health promise. It’s a lovely approach as it reinforces the idea that self-care is a daily activity and requires accountability and self-compassion.

Make a promise

Although it might seem hard to focus on mental health and wellbeing at this time, making a mental health promise is a great way to remind yourself to look after your wellbeing. Some examples from the World Mental Health team include:

I promise to: explore new hobbies
I promise to: find some colour and fun in my day
I promise to: find joy in the little things.

Mental Health Australia is running a national awareness campaign for World Mental Health Day on October 10. This year’s campaign, “Look After Your Mental Health, Australia”  has been developed with the aim of challenging negative perceptions around mental illness and encouraging people to take a more positive view on mental illness.

Head over to the National Campaign Website to learn more, download hardcopy and social media promotional resources and support the campaign by making a #MentalHealthPromise:

https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/

Need Help

Please reach out to a qualified mental health professional if the above post relates to you in light of your own situation. Also, if your situation is acute, please consider one of the below emergency services.

Lifeline
13 11 14 – 24 hours a day
7 days a week

Lifeline Text
0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT)
7 nights a week

Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636
www.beyondblue.org.au

Butterfly Foundation National Helpline
1800 334 673

Carer Support
1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660

SANE Australia Help Centre
1800 187 263
www.sane.org

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
www.kidshelpline.com.au

MensLine Australia
1300 789 978

QLife
1800 184 527

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling
1800 011 046

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Disclaimer: This article contains the views of the author and is not a replacement for therapeutic support. Please reach out to a registered therapist if you are experiencing distress and require assistance.