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 schools, the workforce and 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
Mental Health Week 2018 will occur on 7 - 14 October, and this year's theme will be unveiled soon. The week occurs all around Australia, with activities in WA coordinated by WAAMH on behalf of the WA Government Mental Health Commission. Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community and reduce the stigma around seeking support for them.
In 2017, we celebrated 50 years of Mental Health Week, from where our grassroots promotion and prevention campaigns began, back in the late 1960s. The goal in 1967 was largely to fight for human rights and better treatment for people experiencing mental health issues.
Much progress has been made in mental health awareness, but there is still a long way to go. In 2017, a record 127 community events were held around WA to celebrate this important week and provide information and resources to people in the community. In 2018, we'd love to make it 150 events and we're hoping you can help us so start planning now!
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.