Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the Department of Defence is encouraging everyone to talk freely about concerns, support mechanisms and challenges with mental health.
The day aims to encourage help-seeking behaviour, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, foster connectivity through increasing mental health education, awareness and literacy, and encourage people to take ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.
One in five Australians will experience mental illness in any given year, which means mental health affects every sector and every industry.
This year a 1010 Mental Health Promise Wall campaign for Australians has been developed to make a promise through the https://1010.org.au website.
It focuses on a simple, personal mental health promise that can be made by anyone, regardless of their own mental health. Anyone can make a promise through https://1010.org.au/promise/add, print out a certificate and display it in the workplace or at home.
The theme for the Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day 2015 is ‘Take Action’, and is about having a positive and proactive attitude towards mental health and wellbeing.
It’s about accepting responsibility to look after our own wellbeing and also the wellbeing of others and setting and maintaining a positive, supportive and inclusive culture in the workplace.
Joint Health Command and the services are organising a range of resources and activities in support of the day, including a facilitated video, mental health workplace activities and other online resources.
All of these activities aim to encourage open and honest discussion about mental health issues, promote awareness of the range of support services available to Defence personnel and their families, and encourage individuals to seek help early.
For more information about programs and support services for current and ex-serving members and their families visit the Australian Defence Force Health and Wellbeing portal at http://www.defence.gov.au/Health/HealthPortal.