World Mental Health Day

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2024 Date10 October 2024
2025 Date10 October 2025

World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day History

World Mental Health Day is aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues, promoting mental well-being and supporting those affected by mental health conditions. Recognized globally, the day encourages open discussions, collaboration, and sharing of essential information about mental health. It is an opportunity for individuals, communities, and organizations to work together in better understanding, supporting, and advocating for those affected by mental illness.

Established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, World Mental Health Day has a strong significance for Australians, as mental health issues remain a major concern. In Australia, one in five people experience a mental health condition each year, and nearly half of the population will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The day brings attention to these pressing statistics and urges Australians to prioritize their mental well-being by promoting awareness, early intervention, and support for those in need.

World Mental Health Day in Australia sees a variety of events, activities, and initiatives that advocate for mental health awareness and support. These can include community gatherings, educational programs, online campaigns, and fundraising events. Organizations and individuals can participate or organise events to share information, reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and promote positive mental well-being. World Mental Health Day is observed in Australia on the 10th of October each year, serving as a reminder of the importance of mental health for the overall well-being and quality of life for all Australians.

World Mental Health Day facts

  • The theme for World Mental Health Day in 2023 was Mental health is a universal human right.
  • Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.
  • People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions.
  • 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25. It's the leading cause of disability in young Australians.
  • Mental illness costs the Australian economy approximately $60 billion every year.

Top things to do in Australia for World Mental Health Day

  • Evaluate your own mental well-being or that of someone you are close to.
    - Are you always sad?
    - Do you have suicidal thoughts?
    - Do you feel that you have no reason to live?
  • Visit a psychologist to discuss any problems that have overwhelmed you lately.
  • Focus on your own mental well-being by engaging in activities that help reduce stress and promote self-care. This can include meditation, exercising, spending time in nature, or doing things you enjoy.
  • Connect with loved ones to check in on their mental well-being. Start conversations around mental health and offer support if needed. Encourage open and healthy dialogue around mental health.

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