World Mental Health Day 2018
At any given time, one in five Australians is struggling with mental health challenges. And despite mental ill-health being the number one reason that patients visit doctors, there still exists a huge amount of stigma preventing more people from coming forward with their struggles.
World Mental Health Day, an initiative started by the World Federation for Mental Health that occurs on October 10 each year, aims to change that. In Australia, this initiative is carried out by Mental Health Australia with their ‘Do you see what I see?’ campaign, which aims to start a conversation around mental ill-health and how it’s looked at in our society.
All Australians are encouraged to make their own unique promise relating to reducing stigma and raising awareness. It could be as simple as checking in regularly with friends, or making your workplace one where people feel comfortable to talk about how they’re feeling.
Peninsula Hot Springs is the first Corporate Friend of Mental Health Australia, supporting the peak body in its mission to create the best mental health system in the world. Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation of the mental health sector in Australia, representing and promoting the interests of its over 120 national and state charity organisations such as beyondblue, headspace, RUOK? and Lifeline.
This year our very own CEO and Co-Founder, Charles Davidson, has made his own mental health promise:
“In the next year I will design and implement at least three new evidence-based experiences that help our guests feel mentally better in and about themselves.”
Head over to the Mental Health Australia’s website and make your own promise, or share on social media using the hashtag #mentalhealthpromise.