This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Learn and Grow.
So what does this mean?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is the state of well-being in which every individual with their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community (WHO, 2014).
So for October 2016’s Mental Health Month, 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 and we encourage everyone to find out what’s happening near them and to get involved.
 Mental Health: a state of well-being, World Health Organisation, 2014 http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/