Mental Health Month October
Mental Health Month kicks off on 1st October with the goal of increasing awareness and discussion around mental health and wellbeing. It’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how important our mental health is and what action to take when support is needed.
Lots of useful information on Mental Health Month can be found at http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/
WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW have chosen ‘Tune In’ as the theme for this year’s Mental Health Month.
‘Tuning In means being present, being aware of what’s happening within you, and in the world around you.
Tune In to your senses – what can you sense right now? What can you feel?
Tune In to your communities – what’s happening that you can be part of, or that you can help others be part of?
Tune In to stigma – how do attitudes and understandings of mental health and wellbeing impact people’s ability to live the lives they want?’
You can read more about this year’s theme at http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/about-mental-health-month/
Promoting Mental Health
Early Links will be posting and sharing on the topic of mental health throughout October and beyond to contribute to the goals of Mental Health Month.
We hope you will enjoy our posts and articles and encourage you to initiate discussions around mental health, well-being and help seeking behaviours with your family, friends, colleagues and members of your community.
Paper Plane Project
In 2019, Early Links Inclusion Support Service created the Paper Plane Project in line with the Mental Health Month theme of ‘Share the Journey’. The project was led by our Diversional Therapist, Felicity Smith and was a great success.
Fantastic levels of engagement were achieved through community participation which resulted in an art installation at Newcastle Airport.
Mental Health Matters Awards 2020
We were delighted to learn that the Paper Plane Project has been selected as a finalist in the Mental Health Matters Awards 2020. The project has been selected in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health Promotion by WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW.
This is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that was involved in making the project happen by Felicity, the Early Links team and the members of our community who participated.
We look forward to hearing the winners announced at the Mental Health Matters Awards 2020 event from 12 pm on 1st October 2020. You can watch the awards ceremony live at https://www.facebook.com/events/241096847313349/