Mental Health Week

Open your Mind. What you do can make the difference.

Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and knowledge about mental health illness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.

Events provide an opportunity to engage the wider community in learning more about mental health issues that impact South Australians.

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October.

Mental Health Week 2016

Mental Health Week events and activities, coordinated by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia, aim to increase community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

In 2016 events will be held from 9 to 15 October. Communities throughout metropolitan and rural South Australia will celebrate Mental Health Week with events, performances, poetry, stalls, discussions and more.

Most of the activities held during Mental Health Week are free to attend and help communities connect to spread the word that mental health is relevant to everyone.

Mental Health Week ambassador

Ali Clarke from 891 ABC Adelaide, is the 2016 ambassador. Ali will have a live broadcast at the Stall in the Mall on World Mental Health Day, Monday 10 October, and MC the Mental Health Week launch and Excellence Awards ceremony on Tuesday 11 October.

How is your mental health?

Mental Health Week focuses on wellbeing, support and community.

  • Everyone’s wellbeing is important. You can help look after your mind by getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and reducing alcohol consumption, learning how to manage stress and keep yourself safe and maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Seek support when you need it by talking to people you trust, checking out services online such as beyondblue, reachout or headspace, visit your GP or call 131465 in a crisis or Lifeline on 13 11 14..
  • Make connections and be part of our community by checking in with your mates, sharing a cuppa to talk things over, find out what’s happening in your community and join mindshare.

Let’s work together to reduce the stigma and discrimination.

2016 events calendar

Below are some activities from our program for Mental Health Week 2016.

For more events look at our program (PDF 212KB) or visit the Mental Health Coalition of SA website.

Stall in the Mall

10 and 11 October, Rundle Mall

Say hello to those who working and involved in the mental health sector. Grab some giveaways, soak up the music and add your message of gratitude to our interactive washing lines. The ABC will do a live broadcast with Ali Clarke and guests from 9am to 11am on Monday so if you can’t make it down, tune in.

Mental Health Week Launch and Mental Health Excellence Awards ceremony

Tuesday 11 October, 4-6pm, Adelaide Oval


Come along to the official launch of Mental Health Week and celebrate the winners and finalists of the 2016 Mental Health Excellence Awards. The Awards will be presented by the Hon Leesa Vlahos MP, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Chris Burns, SA Mental Health Commissioner, Geoff Harris, Executive Director, Mental Health Coalition SA and Dr Aaron Groves, Chief Psychiatrist. The MC will be Mental Health Week ambassador, Ali Clarke, with live music by Forté.

Mindspeak – community talks on Mental Fitness

10 to 13 October, various times and locations at

Being mentally fit can help you live your best life. Did you know there are things you can do to build resilience, foster good thoughts and feelings and prevent burnout? Join us for these free library talks in and around Adelaide.

Festival of Now

Friday 14 October, 10.30am – 3.00pm, Light Square

The Festival of Now is back! A flagship event for Mental Health Week, the open air festival is a celebration of mental health and wellbeing. Featuring live local bands, storytelling, drumming, comedy, yoga, circus skills, face painting, animals, art, MOSH opshop, health checks, rainbow stall and NGO stalls, there is something for everyone.

Further information

For more information about mental illness see the rethink mental illness page.

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