07 Oct Mental Health Week – take time for your mental health
Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, anger or hopelessness at times.
But if those feelings won’t go away or get so strong that they make it difficult for you to function in your everyday life, this could be a sign of a mental illness.
Mental illness is common.
Around one in two Queenslanders will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, with suicide being the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24.
Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual week, October 9 to 17, that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing.
Research shows that there are six simple actions we can take to improve our mood, build resilience and boost our mental wellbeing.
This year you are encouraged to take time to:
- Get healthy— being active and eating well is good for your mind and body.
- Keep learning — learning new things can be fun and boost confidence.
- Show kindness — practising small acts of kindness, volunteering time, or simply helping a friend in need can help you feel more satisfied with life.
- Connect — spending time with other people is important to everyone’s mental wellbeing.
- Take notice — paying more attention to the present and the world around you can help you relieve stress and enjoy the moment.
- Embrace nature — connecting with the outdoors and taking care of the planet is the best recipe for world wellbeing.
Gladstone Mindcare Community Connect
When: October 12 from 11am – 4pm
Where: Gladstone Mindcare Hub at 147 Goondoon Street
Cost: Free to the public
What: Gladstone Midcare Community Connect aims to encourage our community to take time for mental health and raise awareness, foster connection and encourage help-seeking with local service providers. There will be information stalls, live music, an art exhibition and a range of free activities.
For 24/7 counselling and support
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800
- Alcohol & Drug Info Services (ADIS) – 1800 177 833
- Queensland Health – 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)