Why Australia is breaking records this World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day on October 10 will mark Australia’s largest annual community gathering to raise awareness for mental health. And, Australians will have even more to commemorate this year as the government gears up to begin their inquiry into the role of mental health in our economy.

World Mental Health Day on October 10 will this year engage with 700 organisations and will even include a Guinness World Record Attempt in Wagga Wagga which you can learn more about below.

“Year-on-year the interest in World Mental Health Day continues to grow and to me that’s a clear sign that we are reducing stigma, and more and more people are prepared to talk and hopefully seek help,” said Mental Health Australia CEO of the day.

Communities across the country will also celebrate the recently announced Productivity Commission inquiry into the impact of mental health on the economy. The inquiry is expected to focus on the causes and prevalence of mental health and help provide treatment, support and recovery within the workplace.

What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day has one goal: to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health. This long-lived stigma has been created from our misunderstandings and misrepresentations of mental health.

For the 1 in 5 people who are affected by mental illness, this stigma may cause individuals to not seek help when it’s most needed.

But with a range of World Mental Health Day events happening on October 10, we can help to combat the stigma surrounding mental health as a nationwide community. Take a look below to see which events are coming to you on October 10 and where the Mable Team will be out and about.

New South Wales

Wagga World Record Attempt
World Mental Health Day is calling on the people of Wagga Wagga to help set a new World Record for the “most people wearing high-visibility vests” in one location. The reason? To increase the visibility of mental health and shed light on mental health issues amongst men. Learn about how you can get involved here.

Healthy Minds & Wellbeing Services Expo
Since 2010, the Health Minds & Wellbeing Services Expo has brought the South Sydney community together to focus on mental health services and illnesses. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Mable Team who will be offering free mindfulness sessions throughout the day. Discover more about this event here.

Queensland

Moreton Bay Mental Health Expo
Moreton Bay’s Mental Health Expo focuses on connecting communities by bringing together mental health services to one place and encourage social inclusion. This year, the Mable Team will be there to answer all your questions about what types of support you can find within your local community.

Light Up Brisbane
Brisbane will be shining a bright light on mental health as the Story Bridge lights up purple on October 10. If you’re in the Brisbane area, be sure not to miss this stunning spectacle. Find out more here.

South Australia

Do You See What I See?
Carers SA will be hosting a Morning Tea in Mount Gambier while giving voice to carers in the local community. A variety of carers and mental health professionals will voice their experiences, advice and stories to raise awareness for mental health – learn more here.

Victoria

City of Wyndham Mental Health Forum
The Mental Health Foundation Australia will be hosting Wyndham’s Mental Health Forum to start a conversation about mental health and wellbeing. Throughout the day the forum will host key speakers, panel discussions, Q&A’s and mental health organisations. You can register here.

ACT

S.A.D: A Journey through the Seasons of Mental Health
This physical theatre piece seeks to spark a discussion about mental health and break the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The show discusses the “seasons” of mental health to effectively display the intricacies of mental health. Discover more about this event here.

It’s important to remember that support is always available. Whether you’re in need of some companionship, personal care or in-home support, you can head to Mable to connect with an independent support worker in your local area.