About Mental Health Month

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.

In 2023, the theme for Mental Health Month is We all Have a Role to Play

This Mental Health Month, think about ways you connect with the people around you. Together, we can work towards a world free from mental health stigma.

What role will you play?

  • Amazing Ally

  • Community Champion

  • Incredible Individual

  • School Superstar

  • Workplace Wonder

As we reconnect, we are encouraging individuals, communities and organisations to thrive together. We recognize the difficulty in breaking down mental health stigma and are encouraging everyone to play an important role. Whether it is supporting a colleague, running a community event or educating yourself about the importance of mental health language, everyone can play a role.

Together we can create a safe place for those living with, supporting others and receiving mental health support.

How We all Have a Role to Play 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.

We all have a roll to play poster