Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This awareness 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. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.
In today’s society, most of us face increasing commitments. Unfortunately, with so many commitments in our lives, our mental health & wellbeing can become less of a priority. This year, we are focusing on encouraging everyone to prioritise taking care of their mental health and wellbeing. Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing is just as important as our family, friends, physical health and work life commitments. Keeping this in mind, the theme for Mental Health Month 2015 is Value Your Mind.
The main message of this theme is to prioritise our mental health and wellbeing just as much as we would to maintain our physical and social health. When we make our mental health a priority, we are actively practicing self-care, which is an important part of our daily life. Similar to being physically healthy, maintaining a healthy mind helps to prevent mental illness and other issues that can make daily living a struggle and it also allows for a positive lifestyle. With each individual being unique, it is important to recognise that our mental health needs are diverse, as is the way each individual looks after their mental health and wellbeing.