In Health

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook

Mental Health Is Where We Live Learn Work And Play

Victor P Taffa

  • Mental Health Week encourages Western Australians to think about their own, and others, mental health and wellbeing
  • From Albany to Perth, and up to Kununurra, events are being held across Western Australia

Western Australians are encouraged to take time out this week to check in on their mental health and wellbeing and those of others.

Mental Health Week kicks off Sunday October 7 and will see a wave of events throughout the State take place until October 14.

“All the events taking place have one thing in common, they bring communities together to help people embrace the theme, ‘Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play’. I encourage all Western Australians to try and live by this theme, every week of the year.” Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook said.

“Each year, 1 in every 5 Australians will experience a mental health issue and about 3% of Australians live with a severe mental illness which can significantly impact their ability to function day-to-day without the right treatment and support.”

This year, the theme ‘Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play’, aims to encourage Western Australians to think about the everyday settings where we can support the wellbeing of others.

From art exhibitions to comedy nights, Western Australian communities are coming together to share, laugh and check-in on each other in everyday settings.

Mental Health Week is run by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, and supported by the State Government through the Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest.

For confidential information, advice and support, call beyondblue 24/7 on 1300 224 636 or in a crisis situation, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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