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. All South Australians are encouraged to consider their own mental health as they would their physical health.
World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October.
Mental Health Week 2018
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 2018, events will be held from 7 to 13 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.
Mind Your Health
Mental Health Week focuses on wellbeing, support and community.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let’s work together to reduce the stigma and discrimination.
2018 events calendar
Below are some activities from our program for Mental Health Week 2018.
For more event information, visit the Mental Health Coalition of SA website.
Lunch in The Square
Monday 8 October: 11am – 2pm
Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
To launch Mental Health Week The Mental Health Coalition will be hosting lunch in Victoria Square with activities, arts and craft, food trucks, yard games and music! Everyone is invited to take a mental health break over lunch and celebrate the start of Mental Health Week. Bring your picnic rugs!
From The Ground Up
Tuesday 9 October: 7.30am – 10am
Civil Contractors Federation, 1 South Road, Thebarton
In partnership with ReturnToWorkSA and SafeWork SA this one is for the tradies. Join the hosts for a free breakfast forum if you work in the construction industry and are curious about developing a mentally healthy workpace. Hear from Outside the Locker Room’s Jake Edwards, MATES in Construction and Sharpen Your Tools about how to create a supportive work site and what services are available to you.
Carnival in The North
Wednesday 10 October: 10am – 1pm
Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth
Carnival in the North is a free event held annually in October as part of Mental Health Week. This event showcases the skills and talents of people living with a mental illness as well as providing information and activities to raise community awareness of issues related to mental illness. Carnival in the North brings together community members and service providers from throughout the region in a day of fun and friendship to encourage the whole community to celebrate good mental health. This year the theme is “Be a Good Sport – Move for Mental Health”.
Laughter Is the Best Of Meds Comedy Night
Thursday 11 October: 7pm – 9pm
Rhino Room, Pirie St, Adelaide
They say laughter is the best medicine, and this Mental Health Week we’re testing the tummy muscles with plenty of laughs! Join us at the Rhino Room for some Thursday night comedy with some of Adelaide’s leading and emerging comedians. What better way to spend your Thursday night! Head to mhcsa.org.au for the full lineup and to grab your tickets!
Festival of Now
Friday 12 October: 10.30am – 3pm
Wauwi/Light Square, Adelaide
In its sixth 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, animals, face painting and more! Head on out to Light Square for this free event!
Month of October
Adelaide City Library
Don’t miss your chance to check out the incredible artwork from South Australian artists living with mental illness. As part of their ongoing relationship with the MHCSA, Adelaide City Library will host artwork from NEAMI Arts and Living Arts throughout the month of October. Be sure to head down to the Library for a look!
Country Health SA has funded 19 events in 2018 to be held throughout country South Australia. For a full Rural Mental Health Week Events Calendar, head to www.mhcsa.org.au.