MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2013 & World Mental Health Day

National Mental Health Week is an annual national awareness event which aims to raise awareness, encourage people to talk about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October.

Mental Health Week (MHW) engages communities in activities which promote good mental health and raise awareness and understanding of the needs, experiences and issues concerning people with a mental illness.

The success of MHW is dependent on you getting involved!

In 2013 communities all over the country will be involved in a variety of activities, so check your state for information – in metropolitan and regional South Australia there will be events, performances, poetry, stalls, discussions and more.

Most of the activities held during Mental Health Week are free to attend and help communities connect to spread the word that mental health is relevant to everyone.

Here’s a taste of activities you can attend during Mental Health Week 2013:

Letting go of Stigma

Tuesday 8 October, 11.30am, Hindmarsh Square

Stigma remains a huge hurdle for people seeking better mental health and wellbeing. Come along, get a balloon and attach your mental health promise. At 12.15pm you can release your balloons as we encourage the community to ‘let go of stigma’ together. You can also write your promise online at

Festival of Now

Thursday 10 October, 11am-3.30pm, Rundle Park

On World Mental Health Day, the Festival of Now encourages you to spend time with your friends and family, meet new people and celebrate Mental Health Week. There will be music, food, animals, art, Tai Chi and more, along with a Walk for Wellness through the Botanic Gardens from 1.45pm, promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of exercise and fresh air.

For a complete list of activities including art shows, shopping centre stalls and regional events go to the Mental Health Coalition SA website. For more information about mental illness visit the SA Health website.