Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel and Department of Defence public servants took time away from their desks to focus on mental health in Canberra.
To mark World Mental Health Day, they completed the five-kilometre bridge-to-bridge walk around Lake Burley Griffin. The event ended with a barbeque and music by the Royal Military College band at Russell Offices.
The Mental Health Day Australia theme, “Do you see what I see?”, aimed to promote mental health and wellbeing by seeing things through the eyes of someone experiencing mental health issues.
The day encouraged solutions from self-care and early intervention to challenging perceptions about mental illness and looking at mental health in a more positive light.
In the lead up to Mental Health Day, Defence personnel were encouraged to take part in ‘Let’s Chalk about Mental Health’ events, where participants would use chalk to write messages on pavements and walls at selected Defence bases and establishments to talk about and represent mental health messages.