MENTAL HEALTH

Sharing your journey this Mental Health Month

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Mental Health Month
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Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October. Focussing awareness building on this important topic encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived-experience of mental illness or not. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help-seeking behaviours when they may be needed.

This year the theme for Mental Health Month is “Share the Journey”.

Share the Journey means – telling your friends and family when things are a bit tough – finding others who have been through something similar – connecting with your community – finding a health professional you trust – connecting on social media – giving your pet a cuddle – organisations working together for the best possible wellbeing of everyone – sharing your stories with others – creating a sense of security within families and communities – reaching out to someone who might need your help - decreasing the isolation people feel when things aren’t great – and more great things built around building connectedness and a sense of belonging.

The message is important – isolation has a huge impact on the wellbeing of people whose mental health isn’t as great as they’d like it to be. We can all share the journey to make things a little easier, to make communities as supportive as possible; to make good mental health a bit more accessible for everyone.

And there are benefits to keeping the theme for all of us – greater understanding of how sharing our journeys can help, better awareness of Mental Health Month, and more preparation time for people organising fantastic community and organisational events, large and small, as every positive or authentic act can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Please ‘Share the Journey’ with us this year, and let’s all work to make this Mental Health Month, and good mental health and wellbeing, a journey everyone can share in. 

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