It’s that time of year again where we all need to take a moment to think about the millions of people who have a mental illness. Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families and individuals and increasing mental health recovery.
In 2013, Mental Health Week will be held from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 October. Due to the great success of 2012 the Mental Health Week theme again for 2013 is “Celebrate, Connect, Grow.”
Celebrate: the positive events in your life, as well as the strengths and values that have helped you through more challenging times
Connect: with others by paying attention to your close relationships, or by reaching out and making new friends
Grow: by expanding your horizons and trying something new that creates meaning and purpose for you.
Please follow the link to the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) Calendar of Events to attend any of the many events happening during the week.
The Independent Living Centre provides information, referrals and short term and emergency respite to the carers of people with mental illness. We feel that it is just as important to acknowledge and support the carers of the person with mental illness as it is the person themselves.