Media release: 2023 WA Mental Health Week
WA Mental Health Week will commence on Friday 6 October 2023 in Esperance, followed by over fifty events across Western Australia between 7 – 14 October 2023 aligned to the theme Mind, Body, and Environment. Most of the activities will bring communities together to try new activities while learning about mental health in a positive and inclusive atmosphere.
Some of the unique events include a colour run, laughter yoga, forest bathing, art workshops, a mega dance class, toddler yoga, barista training, surf therapy, public talks, and more. The activities are designed to improve understanding of how the mind, body and environment intersect and inventive ways people can take care of their mental health.
“The breadth and creativity of events this year is inspiring. We are proud to partner with a range of community mental health organisations and volunteers who believe in holistic, recovery-oriented, and person-centred mental health care.” Said Taryn Harvey, CEO of WAAMH.
To strengthen community initiatives during WA Mental Health Week, WAAMH & Lotterywest awarded eighty community grants for equipment, education, or events. Some of the inspiring awardees include Quin from Self Made Indigenous Corp. who will purchase art supplies for workshops with Indigenous youth at juvenile detention; and a barista workshop for crisis accommodation tenants who have complex mental health needs to build social skills, hosted by Jaryd from 55 Central’s Grow and Grind.
WA Mental Health Week encourages Western Australians to host engaging events that promote positive wellbeing practices, but also raise awareness of local mental health services, which are particularly important since research suggests high levels of distress and low wellbeing across regional WA.
“As the peak association for community mental health in Western Australia, we are acutely aware that mental health is impacted by a range of factors such as life circumstances, social cohesion, access to resources, and more, and our research with the Centre for Social Impact at UWA on regional community mental health supports this.
“The 2023 chosen theme of Mind, Body, and Environment for WA Mental Health Week recognises mental health as a holistic concept that covers many aspects, and the planned events inspire positive action.” Taryn said.
As part of WAAMHs mission to improve mental health, the team regularly produce reports to identify gaps where systemic improvements may lead to better mental health outcomes. During WA Mental Health Week, WAAMH & Anglicare WA will publish an issues report identifying key recommendations in relation to poverty and mental health.
WA Mental Health Week has been coordinated by the peak body for community mental health, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health for more than 50 years, with support from the WA Mental Health Commission in more recent years to ensure its far-reaching success.
On World Mental Health Day (Tuesday, 10 October) the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) will announce the finalists across nine categories for the WA Mental Health Awards.
WA Mental Health Week Events by region
- All event times listed below are Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).
- For an up-to-date list of all events, visit https://mentalhealthweek.org.au/events
Events aligned to the theme ‘Mind’
- Photobooth, face painting, art therapy and drumming events hosted by MercyCare (Joondalup, 6 October 11am – 3pm)
- Blue Beats Mental Health featuring bands and activities (Maylands, 7 October, 6.30pm - 11.30pm)
- Public talk about exercise, diet and social environment on mental health with a psychologist and UWA academics (Myaree, 8 October, 3 – 5pm)
- Crafting Creatively led by a Koori Elder for Indigenous students at Perth Creative College (Karawara, 10 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm)
- Try Something New Day (Willetton, 10 October, 9am – 3pm)
- Weaving skills workshop (South Hedland, 10 October, 9.30 –11.30am)
- Classic car display and sausage sizzle (North Perth, 11 October, 10am – 2pm)
- Pony therapy, art therapy, free lunch, and giveaways (Maddington, 11 October, 10.30am – 1.30pm)
- Movie screening PIECES (West Perth, 11 October, 6.30pm – 9pm)
- Community Mental Health Expo (Belmont, 13 October, 10am – 2pm)
- Community artwork with Nathan Hoyle (Midland, 13 October 11am – 2pm)
- Panel talk about Mind, Body, and Environment (Crawley, 13 October, 7am – 9am)
- Suicide intervention training (Inglewood, 13 October, 9.30am – 5pm)
- ADHD Youth Mental Health event (Bentley, 13 October, 3.30pm – 6.30pm)
- Rockingham Lions Community Fair (Rockingham, 14 October, 10am – 4pm)
- Car, bike, and military vehicle show (Nollamara, 14 October, midday – 8pm)
Events aligned to the theme ‘Environment’
- Forest Bathing Experience (Kings Park, 7 October, 9am until midday)
- Eco-anxiety workshop (Mundaring, 8 October, 10am – 4pm)
- Mindful Walk for Self-Discovery (Kings Park, 13 October, 10am – 11.30am)
- Happy Hikers and Plant Based Banquet (Jarrahdale, 14 October)
Events aligned to the theme ‘Body’
- Nutrition and Gut Health talk (Subiaco, 6 October, 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
- Dance fitness classe (Forrestfield, 9 October, 6 – 7pm)
- Public talk about Spine Health, Brain Health and other unloved parts (10 October, Claremont, 11am-12pm)
- Laughter Yoga and afternoon tea (Bayswater, 10 October, 1pm – 2.30pm)
- Hip hop dance classes (Perth, 7-12 October, 5.30pm – 8.30pm daily)
- Wontons for Wellbeing (Fremantle, 11 October, midday – 1.30pm)
- Walk around Bibra Lake with Lifeworks with Occupational Therapy Team (11 October, 9.30am – 10.30am)
- Talk and Tee Off mini-golf, good, and more (Como, 11 October, 6pm – 8pm)
- Jungle Body Mega Class (Northbridge, 12 October, 6pm – 7pm)
- Exercise class with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Bassendean, 13 October 10.30am – 11.30am)
- Volleyball Tournament with free food and prizes (West Perth, 13 October, 3pm – 5pm)
- Day Rave KONGA workout with Jungle Body and free orange juice (Subiaco, 14 October, 11am)
- Escare and local community services will host the opening event for WA Mental Health Week featuring live music, free food, and free activities such as a bouncy castle, dodgeball and more (Esperance, Museum Reserve, 6 October, 10am – 2pm). View the full media release.
- Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre art event (Ravensthorpe, 10 October, 11am – 2pm).
Geraldton fitness challenge and colour run along the foreshore followed by a festival with live music, food trucks, games, performances, and a silent auction, with all proceeds donated to Lifeline (Geraldton, 14 October, 3.30pm – 7.30pm). For media enquiries, contact Louis Marcel-Jones, Headspace Geraldton on 0437 699 147.
- Headspace Karratha will host a free community event at the Vicinity Shopping Centre featuring smoothie bikes, live music, arts, and crafts and more (Karratha, 10 October, 3pm – 5pm). For media enquiries, contact Charlene Senior, Anglicare WA.
- Zumba dance class (Pegs Creek, 8 October, 2pm – 3pm)
- Estuary Womens Wellness Walk (Erskine, 9 October)
Augusta: The Jungle Body with Alicia and The Augusta Abalones Football Club 30 minute KONGA session, raffles, food, challenges and prizes. fun, fitness and fundraising with a bright / fluro colour event 30 minute KONGA session, including challenges, followed by food cooked by the Abalone's FC and raffles draws(7 October, 4.30pm – 5.30pm).
Over twenty agencies will host an expo featuring free training in Mental Health First Aid, walks, yoga, youth and children's activities, music and sport.
- Indigenous Sports Day featuring 'Oldies vs Young Guns' football and netball games (7 October, 10am – 3pm)
- Reset and rebalance workshop with Dr Kat (11 October, 6pm – 7pm)
- Community wellness expo featuring yoga, drumming, choir, and free lunch (12 October, 9am – 1pm)
- Walk the Iconic Busselton Jetty with Rotary Club of Busselton (14 October, 7.30am – 10am)
- Dindindi drumming circle, followed by mindful movement, guided meditation, sound relaxation, and free coffee (Dalyellyup, 14 October, 9.30 – 11.30am)
- Tabletop roll playing games to learn about games such as Dungeons and Dragons (7 October, 10am – 4pm)
- South West Art Exhibition (9 October, 9am – 4.30pm)
- Mindful Together Workshop featuring drumming and free coffee (14 October, 9.30am – 11:30am).
- Being Wildly Kind story telling for children (Collie, 9 October, 10am until midday)
- Turn Up in Blue Day and free BBQ lunch (Northam, 12 October, 10am – 2pm)
- Leeman Mental Health Awareness and Resource Fair (14 October, 2 – 5pm)
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is the peak body representing the mental health and wellbeing needs of all Western Australians and community organisations that provide mental health services. WAAMH’s membership comprises community-managed organisations providing mental health services, programs and supports and people and families with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide, with whom WAAMH engages in genuine partnership.
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