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Mental Health Week 9 – 15 October 2016

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health is using the Act-Belong-Commit message with a focus on suicide prevention as the official theme for Mental Health Week.

They’re incorporating the theme of Act-Belong-Commit, with a focus on suicide prevention, ‘Together We Can Save Lives’. The week will host more than 50 events across the State. This is to increase community awareness and reduce the stigma about mental health. A series of events will run in metropolitan Perth alongside a regional events program. Grants will be available for community organisations to run their own events.

Act can include keeping mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active, taking a walk, reading a book and getting creative. To Belong can include joining a club, volunteering, connecting with friends or family and getting involved in your community. Ways to Commit can include taking up a cause, helping a neighbour, finding your passion or learning something new.

Suicide is a complex issue with multiple factors. There are strong relationships between suicide, traumatic life events and mental illness. Mental health programs such as Act-Belong-Commit contribute to suicide prevention. They do this by keeping people mentally healthy, building individual and community resilience and by preventing mental illness.

Minister for Mental Health the Hon Andrea Mitchell and Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney will appear at various events throughout the week.

For more information, visit http://mhw.waamh.org.au.

More Events

18 Oct 2016
Canning River Eco Education Centre presents: Happiness Program
Empowers you to create a joyous life that is on-purpose, confidence to stretch and grow beyond limiting beliefs, and ability to lead a deeply fulfilling life.

22 Oct 2016
Pretty in Pink HI! Tea
A special morning to share with family and friends – celebrating all things wonderfully female from 0 – 100 years.

25 Oct 2016
Looking Forward Project Community Presentation
Mental illness and drug and alcohol issues affect many families. Hear how one project has been working to improve the way services support Nyoongar families in the Bentley to Armadale area of Perth.