Mental Health Awareness Month
We all have a role to play.
Mental Health Awareness Month is the extension of Mental Health Week which aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. In 2021, South Australia’s Mental Health Awareness Month will run from 1 to 31 October.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2021
Mental Health Awareness Month events and activities are coordinated by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) and aim to encourage all South Australians to consider their own mental health and the mental health of everyone in their community.
In 2021, events will be held from 1 to 31 October. Communities throughout metropolitan and rural South Australia will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Most of the activities held during Mental Health Awareness Month are free to attend and help communities connect to spread the word that mental health is relevant to everyone.
We all have a role to play.
Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to have conversations with your friends, family and community about mental health and wellbeing.
Here are some simple suggestions for supporting 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
- Find out more about what it’s like to live with mental illness from people who share their experiences through articles, books, films, podcasts, or mindshare website
- Listen to your loved one’s insights into their own mental health challenges
- Volunteer for a local service, or activities that improve your community’s wellbeing
- Practice kindness and empathy
Please note: For some people, the thought of having a ‘mental health’ conversation may be off-putting. The RU OK website has great information on how to start off and have a mental health conversation.
Everyone’s mental health and wellbeing is important. You can help look after your wellbeing by:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating regularly and healthily
- 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, such as outdoor and creative activities or learning a new skill
- Having a laugh!
Here are some ways you can seek support when you need it:
- Talk to someone you trust
- Join a support group, such as Grow SA or your local Men’s Shed
- If you are a young person, visit a headspace centre in your area for free
- Chat with someone who’s faced their own mental health challenges via the Lived Experience Telephone Support Service 1800 013 755, or Skylight 1800 022 020
- To connect with First Nations controlled services, check out Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia
- If English is not your first language, call ASKPEACE on (08) 8245 8110
- Visit any of the following websites for great resources on mental health and wellbeing:
- Reach out to the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Line on 1800 632 753
- Visit our COVID-19 Mental Health Support website
- Call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
2021 events calendar
Visit the Mental Health Coalition of SA website to see the full program of events and activities for Mental Health Week 2021.