This year WA celebrates 50 years of promoting mental health awareness & helping reduce stigma.
At least 45% of us will experience a mental illness at some stage of our lives and that’s just anxiety, mood disorders and addictions in people aged 16 to 85 years. Include young people and children, schizophrenia, eating disorders and personality disorders and the figures are much higher.
The Act-Belong-Commit campaign from Mentally Healthy WA summarises three core components important in promoting good mental health:
Act: Physical activity and exercise are important factors in promoting good mental health both from a neurobiological and psychosocial perspective. Mind and body are seamlessly connected and a simple daily walk can impact on mood and stress in a positive way.
Belong: Social connectedness is a good predictor of positive mental health. People are social creatures and social isolation is not only a contributor to poor mental health but also a symptom.
Commit: Being a part of something community focussed that gives an individual some ‘meaning’ and ‘sense of value’ helps with esteem, confidence and positive mood. Volunteering, contributing to a cause and regular community participation all assist with mental health outcomes.
There are lots of ways that you or your organisation can get involved to raise awareness for mental health. With over 60 events happening all around WA this year head over to https://mhw.waamh.org.au/ & http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/ to find the closest one near you.
For 24 hour support for mental health difficulties call Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline 13 11 14.