About Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year, and incorporates World Mental Health Day, held globally on 10 October. The purpose of this awareness week is to engage communities in activities that promote mental health and wellbeing and also increase understanding and reduce stigma about mental illness, and how it impacts on the lives of people in our community.
Mental Health Week in Tasmania this year will be from 9 – 16 October. The theme for Mental Health Week this year is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’:
Awareness is about understanding the things we need to maintain and boost our mental wellbeing, and knowing when we need to reach out for help and where to get it.
Belonging is about looking out for each other, ensuring we feel safe and supported, and understanding that however we feel, we’re not alone, and that there are others going through the same thing.
Connection is about our relationships with our friends, families and those that we care about, as well as the groups, clubs, and networks around us that we rely on to help keep us happy and healthy, wherever we live, work, or play.
This year we’re also encouraging everyone to get behind Mental Health Week, and show support by turning Tasmania orange! We’ve chosen orange as the official colour for Mental Health Week in Tasmania this year because it is warm, and inviting, and has a positive and uplifting influence. Why not have a ‘Wear Orange’ day at your school or workplace, host a morning or afternoon tea with delicious orange themed food, or pop an orange light globe in the window of your home, office or business to start a conversation and show that mental health and wellbeing is important to you.
Source & further information Mental Health Week – Mental Health Council of Tasmania (mhct.org)