Mental Health Month is a national campaign held each year which centres around World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
One in five Australians aged 16-85 will experience a mental illness in any given year, and Mental Health Month aims to increase awareness while promoting ways to improve mental health and wellbeing. The theme for Mental Health Month 2014 is beYOUnique.
The theme encourages all of us to consider our strengths and challenges, and to nurture our own unique worth. It is also a time to think about the mental health and wellbeing of our family, friends and colleagues and reflect on how we can offer effective support.
To promote Mental Health Month, ACU campuses have organised a range of activities for students and staff:
An interactive Mental Health Awareness Seminar for staff will run by AccessEAP. This videoconference will be held on Thursday 16 October from 12.00pm – 1.00pm and aims to increase understanding of mental health issues and how to provide support to others. Register to attend by 15 October.
A Stress Less interactive stall will run during the week of 6 -10 October with a range of Mental Health Awareness activities on Wednesday 8 October.
Stress Less Week activities will be held during the week of 11 – 17 of October.
Mental Health Week will be recognised on campus during week of 6 - 10 October. There will be a petting zoo on campus Tuesday 7 October.
Stamp Out Stress Day will include a range of activities to be held on campus on 21 October.
Counselling, Campus Life and Campus Ministry will be providing a morning tea to students and creating an environment for students to speak to staff and obtain material about Mental Health on Wednesday 8 October.
Stress Less Day on Wednesday 22 October, 10am-2pm on main quad. Free relaxation activities on campus including massage, yoga, pet therapy, art and more.
You can also find more information about mental health and other related issues by visiting ACU’s health resource library Real Time Health.
In addition, access to confidential professional counselling services is available for ACU staff and their families at no cost. For more information visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage.