October is Mental Health Month, an opportunity for all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing and check in with those around us who may be going through a difficult time.
From devastating bushfires, drought and floods to a global pandemic, major economic recession and social isolation, there’s no denying that the past few years have paid a heavy toll on the mental health of our community.
We’re partnering with a range of service providers to give you the tools and support to build mental resilience, look after your mental wellbeing and learn more about mental health.
Did you know?
Nearly half of all Australians (45 percent) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime and one in six people in the Australian workforce is suffering from a mental illness at any one time.
Every day, eight Australians die by suicide and one in four people say they know someone who has taken their own life. The Central Coast has one of the highest rates of suicide in comparison to other health districts across NSW.
We are helping start important conversations and reduce the stigma around mental health issues, and sharing information on great local services that you can access if you are looking for support.
This year, the National 'Mental Health Month' campaign is asking people to 'Tune In':
- Tune in to yourself – What can you sense right now? What can you feel?
- Tune in to others – What might people around you be feeling? How can we connect?
- Tune in to your communities – What is happening that you can be part of, or that you can help others be part of?
- Tune in to stigma – How do attitudes and understandings of mental health and wellbeing impact on people’s ability to live the lives they want? How can we help?
Online Workshops and Training
Do you want to look after your own mental health, learn how to help others going through a difficult time and discover tips for a happy and healthy life?
Take part in Council’s free online training, webinars and self-care workshops taking place this Mental Health Month.
Check out our Mental Health Month event calendar for details.