October is Mental Health Month – an opportunity for workplaces and community groups in Mildura to to raise awareness of the importance of social and emotional wellbeing.
Events and activities across Victoria are aimed at opening up conversations about anxiety and depression – to help reduce stigma and empower people to seek help, for themselves or others.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP is encouraging the community to start talking; whether it’s organising an event or activity, big or small, or simply initiating a conversation or sharing a message of hope with someone who is struggling.
Locally, that includes upcoming events in Mildura on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Coinciding with Health and Safety Month and hosted by Worksafe – “Preventing mental injury in the workplace” will provide an opportunity for locals to share their own experiences with mental health and receive advice and guidance on ways to address and effectively manage risk of injury in the workplace. For more information, visit www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/health-and-safety-month
Mildural Rural City Council will also be conducting free Mental Health First Aid training in Mildura and Ouyen in October.
For details and registration: www.mildura.vic.gov.au/Latest-News/Free-Community-Mental-Health-First-Aid-Training-now-available.
Robinvale Network House in partnership with Robinvale District Health Services, will be hosting an special event featuring guest speaker Osher Günsberg, media personality and writer.
This event will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 7.00pm at the Robinvale Community Centre.
Entry is free however RSVP to Robinvale Network House 03 5026 4128 or www.rdhs.com.au/robinvale-community-mental-health-forum
While community awareness of anxiety and depression has grown over the past years, stigma associated with mental illness remains high and as a result, many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to seek help and therefore don’t get the treatment they need.
Twenty per cent of all Victorians – almost 1.3 million people – will this year experience mental illness. Over a lifetime, one in two Victorians will experience mental illness.
10 October observes World Mental Health Day focussing on suicide prevention, Health and Safety Month to encourage all workplaces to make psychological safety at work just as important as physical safety, and Mental Health Week from which runs from 5-11 October.
The Andrews Labor Government has built on last year’s record mental health investment, allocating a further $172.8 million to ensure Victorians get better treatment and care, closer to home.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is investigating ways to effectively prevent and respond to mental illness, to promote timely access to high-quality and safe treatment and create strong links between mental health and other services. An interim report is expected next month.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Mental Health Month builds on our collective efforts here in Mildura to create a community where stigma and discrimination are no longer a barrier to people seeking support.”
“It’s important for everyone to be bold and create a safe environment for people to talk openly and honestly – without fear or judgement – about mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
“This is a reminder to reach out to someone who might be feeling a bit lost. Or if you are struggling with your mental health, just know there is help out there and find a way to connect with others.”