Sunday October 10 is World Mental Health Day.
The day is part of a global month-long focus on mental health and wellbeing. This year's theme is mental health care for all: let's make it a reality.
COVID-19 has taken a toll on people's mental health. For frontline workers it's been a high-stress and unrelenting period, while others have experienced isolation, job losses, and home life stress owing to public health measures. For people with a lived experience of a mental health issue there have been new challenges and resources to support them have been particularly stretched and disrupted.
So as we embrace vaccinations and a new way of living to avoid the worst impacts of the virus, what does that mean for mental health? Well at the World Health Assembly in May 2021 governments from across the world committed to investing more in mental health services. Australia's federal government has committed $6.3 billion in annual mental health investment which included a renewed focus on early intervention and prevention.
As part of World Mental Health Day, this Sunday Australians are being urged to look after their mental health. Tips include eating well, being active, getting an early night, sticking to a routine and connecting with others. Importantly there is always help available to support you in your recovery journey. Flourish Australia is continuing to provide support.
We're also focusing on the lighter side of life this mental health month. On October 29, we'd love for you to join us for lunch and a laugh! We're excited to be hosting comedian Mark McConville. Mark will talk about his own story of overcoming depression through humour and the benefit of laughter in all our lives.
Please join us at this free webinar event - you can find more information here: https://www.flourishaustralia.org.au/news/tune-few-laughs-flourish-australias-online-mental-health-month-celebrations-comedian-mark
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