For Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day, one of the key things Mental Health Australia is doing is asking us to consider making a promise to ourselves about how we will look after our wellbeing.
You can visit the pledge wall and make your own public promise if you like, or maybe just consider doing it with your closest friend, a family member or just to yourself.
It might be a simple thing like call a friend or make yourself a great meal. Or it could be a more systemic change that helps you for the longer term, like making a plan to exercise regularly or eat more healthy food. We’ve also been asking Monash Health people what they do, to see if we can identify some unique ideas that might work for you – but more on that later.
Mental Health Australia says “It is a simple call to action for the one in five Australians affected by mental illness annually, and for the many more impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the increased uncertainty and anxiety that has ensued over the last six months.”
So the message is, look after your mental health Australia! Have a think about what you might do to improve your situation.
If you’d like to, head online and select one of their images and post your message.
And if you think you’d like to talk to someone about your mental wellbeing, please reach out.
There are a wide range of help services, if you are struggling.
You can also:
- book an appointment with the EAP on 1300 687 327 (with appointments now also available on weekends and evenings).
- Call a psychologist on 0418 905 414 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
- or visit our wellbeing resources for other ideas on everything from eating and exercising well, to peer support networks and mindfulness.
Approved by Karen Lowe