Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This month 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 It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.
The Theme for Mental Health Month is
Tuning In means being present, being aware of what’s happening within you, and in the world around you.
Tune In to your senses – what can you sense right now? What can you feel?
Tune In to your communities – what’s 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 people’s ability to live the lives they want?
Taking a moment to Tune In can help still and focus your mind, it can help you understand what’s going on for you and others. Tuning in can help you find a new perspective, and it can help you reflect and be present.
Tuning In has been shown to help build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections. Tuning In to communities and the impact of mental health stigma can help ensure that people who need support have safe places to talk about their experiences and reach out.
Tune In to Mental Health Month and help create a world we can all Tune In to.
How Tune In was developed
Every three years a new theme for Mental Health Month is developed by WayAhead in collaboration with the community and other organisations.
WayAhead uses research to work out the underlying idea behind the theme, then works extensively with experts and the community to develop the final theme.
We work to ensure that the theme is based on research and evidence, and that it reflects the needs of communities and people.
Through ongoing engagement with our communities, we developed an evidence-based theme that can captivate an audience and build engagement in Mental Health Month.