World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.
World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October each year. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
Stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice remains an issue in Australia, delaying or preventing people from wanting or feeling able to seek help, and impacting adversely on their lives.
Misconceptions and misrepresentations about those experiencing mental illness are damaging to people’s lives. They may include references to people affected as being ‘scary’, ‘comical’, ‘incompetent’, ‘weak’ or ‘hopeless’ and can appear anywhere, from in the media and the arts to conversations we have at work, school or home.
The reality is the vast majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead independent and contributing lives in the community, with the right treatment and support. With one in five Australians affected, they form part of our close circles of family, friends and colleagues, and interact with us in our communities every day.
Music and mental health
Listening to or creating music can have positive effects on our mood and mental health. Incorporating music into your every day life can lift your mood, get you motivated and aid relaxation. SafeWork SA participated in World Mental Health Day by asking staff to nominate songs that made them feel happy. Get your workplace into a happy mood and listen to our playlist on Spotify.