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Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play: Celebrating Mental Health Week 2019

Posted 24 Sep 2019

“Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play.”

It may seem like a simple sentence, but incorporating ways to keep mentally healthy in all these areas of your life can be really challenging with all the stresses that life can bring.

That being said, there are opportunities in your busy day-to-day schedule that, if taken advantage of, can really make a difference to your mental health as well as the mental health of those around you. For example, taking the time to connect with that person you see often but know nothing about! Not only will this make you feel good, it will begin a flow on effect with others, creating a more connected community.

Keeping Active

Keeping active is a no-brainer when it comes to our mental health but it can be tricky to fit into a busy week. Why not fitting in a walk on your break? This will clear your mind and improve your sense of wellbeing, especially being outdoors on a sunny day. Another way to clear the mind is to take some time out for you. Giving yourself the permission to focus on just you and not the needs of anyone else can help de-stress and improve your mood.

Supporting Others

Lastly, support others if you see an opportunity for them to better their mental health. When we begin sharing our own tips and tricks on what helps us, we open the door for others to do the same. If you are looking for more ways to keep mentally healthy at home, on campus, in the workplace or in your community, doing something, doing something with someone or doing something meaningful, is a great guide. Visit the Act-Belong-Commit Activity Finder for inspiration!

About Mental Health Week

In 2019, Mental Health Week runs from 6 to 12 October, and focusing on how we live, learn, work and play – realising it’s a combination of factors which impact our mental wellbeing. Stay tuned for updates by subscribing to our mailing list. Learn more about Mental Health Week 2019.