Our starter kit has everything you need to plan your Mental Health Month 2020 event. It includes information and worksheets, as well as information about applying for one of WayAhead’s small grants.
What is Mental Health Month?
Mental Health Month gives us an opportunity to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. It is marked in New South Wales, Victoria, and the ACT and centres specifically on World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Tuning In means being present. It means 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?
Firstly, 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.
Secondly, Tuning in can help you find a new perspective, and it can help you reflect and be present. It can help build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections.
Lastly, 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.
Why should you be involved?
A Mental Health Month project or event is a great way to encourage awareness of mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing in your community. It can also decrease stigma, and empower people to seek help, for themselves or others. It can even give people from your community the awareness and the courage to consider their mental health and wellbeing something that they can work on.
Mental Health Month events can be fun, thought-provoking, creative, engaging, sporty, and interesting. Above all, they should bring people together and start conversations.