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World Mental Health Day is TODAY
Today, Thursday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
We know that one in five Australians are affected by mental health annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma. The ‘Do You See What I See?’ World Mental Health Day Australia campaign has aimed to encourage people to ‘see beyond the stigma’ that so often surrounds mental health issues; to ‘make mental health more visible,’ promote help seeking and foster connectivity within communities.
Today, more than 1,000 organisations around the country will promote positive mental health and help seeking in their workplaces, schools, community groups and more. Events range from morning teas, film festivals, rock-climbing, trivia nights, talks, dancing, “cupcake breaks”, “stretch and relax” classes and so much more.
Individuals can also play their part in reducing stigma by making a mental health promise at the campaign website www.1010.org.au – a really simple and effective way of getting people talking about their own mental health, and so encouraging others to do the same.
Mental Health Australia has also partnered with the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, the City of Townsville, Mentally Healthy City Townsville, 3M, Bunnings Warehouse, Triple M Townsville, and the Townsville Bulletin, to host a World Record attempt at Bunnings Fairfield Waters today from 4:00pm.
Those in Townsville can still pre-register at 1010.org.au/Townsville, or arrive early and register at the venue.
Follow along with our World Mental Health Day activities by visiting 1010.org.au, and following @aumentalhealth on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tag us in your events and activities using #WorldMentalHealthDay, #seebeyondthestigma and #makementalhealthmorevisible.
Media Contact: Lach Searle – 0488 076 088
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