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 2015
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 2015 events will be held from 2 to 10 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
James Podisadly, AFL player and wellbeing advocate, is the 2015 ambassador. James will attend the launch of Mental Health Week on Friday 2 October and the Festival of Now on Friday 9 October.
He is passionate about getting everyone to think and talk about their own mental wellbeing.
How is your mental health?
Mental Health Week focuses on three key themes:
- My Community. Highlighting community connections and social networks. How can we help one another?
- My Support. Pathways to services and encouraging people to find and seek assistance.
- My Wellbeing. Encouraging the need for self-care. Promoting the awareness that each person needs to nurture and look after their own mental health and wellbeing.
Let’s work together to reduce the stigma and discrimination.
2015 events calendar
Below are some activities from our program for Mental Health Week 2015.
Mental Health Week Launch
Friday 2 October, 12.15pm for 12.30pm start
Join the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia in launching Mental Health Week 2015.
Find out about the program of events, visit the information stall and add your mental health promise to the wishing tree. Guest speakers include James Podsiadly, Mental Health Week ambassador, AFL player and wellbeing advocate, and Ms Leesa Vlahos, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health. Music performance by Forte.
Mindspeak – community talks for Mental Health Week
Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 October
A series of free talks at community centres and libraries around Adelaide on the topics of anxiety and depression, mindfulness and de-cluttering. Presented by MIFSA and Centacare. Visit the event calendar at the Mental Health Coalition of SA website for further details.
Festival of Now
Friday 9 October 10.30am – 3.30pm
One of the flagship events of Mental Health Week each year, this wellbeing festival in Rundle Park has it all! Featuring music by local bands, art, kids entertainment, circus skills workshop, food, animals, giant games, coffee and TV chef Simon Bryant. Celebrating World Mental Health Day.
At the end of the day don your brights and join in with the Rainbow Walk, leaving the Festival of Now at 3pm.
For more information about mental illness see the rethink mental illness page.