Supporting Mental Health Week

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Yarrawonga Health invite you to be involved in Odd Socks Day for Mental Health Week. 

Mental Health Week is held from October 6 - 12, coinciding with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Mental Health Week is not only a time to raise awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma, it’s also a time to reflect on what keeps us mentally healthy.

Yarrawonga Health is encouraging people to do things they enjoy and do them more often for a mental health benefit.

If we keep active, get involved in community activities and do things that give us a sense of meaning and purpose in life, we not only feel happier, but we can cope better with problems and stress.

One in five Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.

On October 10, help stamp out the stigma of mental health by wearing your Odd Socks and start the conversation about mental health. 

You can make the difference by:

Being a Friend – be there for others, during the ordinary and extraordinary,

Be Brave – don’t tolerate discrimination or the stigma,

Be Open – share your experiences,

Be Informed – know the truth and dispel the myths,

Be Good to Yourself – recognise the need for self-care.

So, this Odd Socks Day, do something that spreads the word in the community and your place of work. 

Get involved in the fight against stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

With 50% of Australians experiencing mental illness at some stage of their lives; no person, workplace, community or organisation can go unaffected.