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 2019
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 2019, events will be held from 7 to 11 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 lifeline on 13 11 14 or call 13 14 65 in a crisis.
- Let’s work together to reduce the stigma and discrimination.
2019 events calendar
Below are some activities from our program for Mental Health Week 2019.
For more event information, visit the Mental Health Coalition of SA website.
Lunch in the Square
Tuesday 8 October 2019: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
To launch Mental Health Week we will be hosting lunch in Victoria Square with activities, arts and crafts, games, music, Juan’s Paella and FREE SUNNY’S PIZZA. Everyone is invited to take a mental health break over lunch and celebrate the start of Mental Health Week. Bring your picnic rugs!
MHCSA Lived Experience Awards
Tuesday 8 October 2019
Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
The MHCSA Lived Experience Awards honours the incredible work undertaken in the mental health sector. These awards recognise the contribution of those with lived experience of mental illness to the community mental health sector within the MHCSA membership. Winners are announced at Lunch In The Square.
Carnival in the North
Wednesday 9 October 2019: 10. 00am – 1.00 pm
John McVeity Centre, Smithfield Plains
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 while 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 across the Northern area in a day of fun and friendship, celebrating good mental health. This year the theme is “‘Planting the Seeds for Good Mental Health”.
From The Ground Up
Thursday 10 October 2019: 7.30 am – 10.00 am
Civil Contractors Federation, 1 South Road, Thebarton
Join us for our annual free breakfast forum for those who work in the construction industry or trades and are keen to know about the latest in mental health on worksites. Hear from our guest speakers and Mates in Construction about what services are available to you. Click here to register.
Laughter is the Best of Meds
Thursday 10 October 2019: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
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 celebrate World Mental Health Day! Click here for the full lineup and to grab your tickets.
World Mental Health Day Celebrations
10 October 2019: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Glenside Health Services
Each year Central Adelaide Local Health Network’s Mental Health Directorate celebrates World Mental Health Day at Glenside Health Services. The 2019 theme is Suicide Prevention: Working together to prevent suicide. A range of activities are planned to engage consumers, staff and visitors to promote mental health education, awareness and advocacy. These include the traditional shared BBQ lunch, consumer/staff soccer tournament, creative tasks and displays. All services on site (from different Local Health Networks) join together to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
Festival of Now
Friday 11 October 2019: 10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Wauwi/Light Square, Adelaide
In its seventh year the Festival of Now brings the mental health community together to showcase creativity used in the healing journey and break down misconceptions of mental illness. Attractions at the festival include free food, live music and performance, interactive wellbeing activities, arts and crafts, animals, face painting and more. Head on out to Light Square for this free event.
Winners announced 11 October 2019 at the Festival of Now
Mindshare delivers a creative writing competition every year, with winners announced at our annual Festival of Now. Entries are open to South Australians with a lived experience of mental illness. Categories cover both experienced and emerging writers and poets. Visit the mindshare website to enter.
Mindshare Creative Writing Workshops
Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10, 2019: 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
South West Community Centre, Adelaide
In 2019, mindshare is partnering with Draw Your (S)words poetry and City of Adelaide to host two creative writing workshops! Poetry can be a powerful form of self-expression and is a great way to support your wellbeing this Mental Health Week. Learn new techniques and writing skills, explore your creativity and expand your creative community. All writing levels welcome. Light refreshments provided. Click here for more info and to register
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 to the City Library for a look