Mental Health Week
Mind Your Health.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Let’s take care of it together.
Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.
World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October.
Mental Health Week 2017
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 2017, events will be held from 8 to 14 October. Communities throughout metropolitan and rural South Australia will celebrate Mental Health Week with events, exhibitions, 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
Matt and his brother Tom Lobbe are the 2017 Mental Health Week ambassadors. Matt is the ruckman for Port Adelaide Football Club and is passionate about mental health. Matt, Tom and their brother Caleb will be opening Mental Health Week on Sunday 8 October at the Open State event called ‘Why Mental Illness is Good For You’. Tom and Matt also will appear at other events, give talks and continue to share their positive reflections on mental health.
Mind Your 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 13 14 65 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 or join mindshare and talk to others.
- Let’s work together to reduce the stigma and discrimination.
2017 events calendar
Below are some activities from our program for Mental Health Week 2017.
For more event information, visit the Mental Health Coalition of SA website
Open State – Why Mental Illness Is Good For You
Sunday 8 October: 2pm – 4pm
Victoria Square, Adelaide
When people are diagnosed with a mental illness they often feel like it is a life sentence, yet many recover and live well in the community. What many of us don’t realise is that those who have been diagnosed hold the key to lessons we can learn about our own mental health. With a keynote on loss and grief from Rosemary Wanganeen and led by Jessica Rowe, who has her own lived experience, this panel will share with us the valuable life lessons that come with mental illness.
Stall in the Mall
Monday 9 October – Tuesday 10 October: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Rundle Mall, Adelaide
What are some ways that you look after your mental health? You’re invited to join in the conversation, try out our stall activities, and have a go at our Mental Health Mind Game. There will be handouts and giveaways, and a whole lot of celebrating Mental Health Week and the importance of looking after you!
Mental Health Excellence Awards
Monday 9 October: 4pm – 7pm
Pavilion in the Park
The Mental Health Excellence Awards aim to publicly recognise and celebrate the achievements of people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health services in South Australia; inspire others to achieve excellence in providing mental health services; and encourage others in promoting positive mental health.
The Festival of Now
Friday 13 October: 10am – 3pm
Light Square, Adelaide
In its fifth year, the Festival of Now brings the mental health community together to showcase creativity used in the healing journey and break down the stigma of mental illness. Attractions at the festival include live music and performance, free food, peer sharing circles, arts and crafts, circus skills, animals, face painting and more!