This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Learn and Grow.WayAhead is encouraging people and communities to learn more about mental health and use that knowledge to grow personally and take control of their mental wellbeing.
Nearly half of all Australians (45%) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that don’t will most likely know someone that does. But there’s still a lot of stigma and confusion around the topic and that’s where learning and growing comes in.
It’s important to make sure that as many people as possible know what mental illness looks like and what can be done to treat it – even if it’s not an issue for you right now, it might be one day, either for you or someone you know.
The theme also encourages everyone to learn new and exciting things, as the very act of learning can have many positive outcomes on our mental health and wellbeing – no matter what you choose to learn about.
During the month of October, communities around NSW will be holding events focusing on this theme - find out what’s happening.