Mental Health Promotion
Our longest running and most recognised annual community event is WA Mental Health Week but we also actively promote positive attitudes towards mental health all year round in the wider community.
We aim to inform and educate the community on how to better respond to the challenges mental health issues present, build resilience, reduce stigma associated with mental illness and promote mentally healthy communities.
Mental Health Week 2018
Video courtesy of, and created by, The University of WA - 'Say Something'.
Mental Health Week 2018 will occur on 7 - 14 October, and this year's theme is:
'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play'.
The best way you can spread the word about positive mental wellbeing and seeking support if you need it is by holding a local event or awareness activity in your community, workplace or school during Mental Health Week.
Register your event on the website the website and we'll send you a 2018 Event Pack with useful information and resources to get you started. You can also find ways to look after your mental wellbeing on the Think Mental Health website, which is a useful starting point for anyone attending your event who might like to know more.
Help spread the word in your community by connecting with us on social media, using resources in the lead up to and during Mental Health Week or starting a conversation with someone about mental health in the communities where you live, learn, work or play! Mental health... starts with all of us playing our part.
Find out more about Mental Health Week and sign up for updates at the dedicated website at mhw.waamh.org.au, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
About Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week / Day / Month is celebrated all around Australia, with each state adopting their own theme and holding their own events each year.
Mental Health Week is run in WA by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), supported by the Government of Western Australia, Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest.
WAAMH is proudly part of Australia's mental health promotion group which plan awareness campaigns around World Mental Health Day.
Last year WAAMH celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mental Health Week in Western Australia with over 200,000 people involved and more than 130 events held in communities throughout the state.
Retrospective: View our WA Mental Health Week themes and posters over the years.
Mental Health Week aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities by:
- Encouraging each of us to support and look out for one another
- Promoting mental health discussion – learning the ‘language’ of expressing feelings, good and bad
- Continuing to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help.