Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month October 2023 - Have the conversation. Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual event celebrated nationally, to improve community awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health Awareness Month events are coordinated by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA).

Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

The theme for this year is ‘Have the conversation’ to encourage all South Australians to talk about their own mental health and that of their community.

Events will be held throughout October across metropolitan and regional areas, to help communities connect and raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

For a list of events and to register your own, visit the MHCSA website.

Get involved

Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to encourage everyone in our community to talk about their mental health, check in on those we care for and help people find the resources they need.

To help promote Mental Health Awareness Month in your community, a variety of posters and resources are available to download and print on the MHCSA website.

My community

Here are some ways you can support your community’s wellbeing:

  • cook meals for your friends when they’re experiencing a difficult time
  • check in on a neighbour or family member who isn’t doing so well
  • invite a friend for a walk, cup of coffee or something they enjoy doing
  • learn more about mental illness through articles, books, films, podcasts, or by visiting the mindshare website
  • listen to and support those around you who may be struggling
  • volunteer for a local service or activity that improves your community’s wellbeing
  • practice kindness and empathy.

It’s important to remember that not everyone is ready to talk about their mental health. The RU OK website has great information on how to start a conversation with someone who may be struggling.

My wellbeing

Everyone’s mental health and wellbeing is important. You can help look after yours by:

  • getting enough sleep
  • eating regularly and healthily
  • exercising
  • reducing alcohol consumption
  • spending quality time with loved ones or people whose company you enjoy
  • learning ways to manage stress
  • actively managing your use of electronic devices and consumption of social media
  • finding time for things you enjoy, such as outdoor and creative activities or learning a new skill

To learn more about how to look after your mental wellbeing, visit the Preventive Health SA website.

My support

Here are some ways you can seek support when you need it: