Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. In 2020, South Australia’s Mental Health Week will run from 10-17 October.
Mental Health Week 2020
Mental Health Week events and activities, coordinated by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA), aim to encourage all South Australians to consider their own mental health and the mental health of everyone in their community.
In 2020, events will be held from 10 to 17 October. Communities throughout metropolitan and rural South Australia will celebrate Mental Health Week with events, exhibitions, poetry 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.
Every person, every community
Mental Health Week 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 RUOK 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
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