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World Mental Health Day

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Because mental health starts with ME
What's one thing you could do that would help your state of mental health? Just ONE thing? Maybe you could eat more healthily, or take a walk each day, or meditate? Or make a pledge to spend fewer hours behind the desk and more with your family or significant other. The possibilities are almost endless. But please, take the time to think of that one thing, and then pledge to do it on the promise wall.

The promise wall is just one of many initiatives associated with World Mental Health Day (WMHD). At the time of writing, more than 3300 Australians have posted their promise on the promise wall. Click here to make your pledge, and to view the promises made by others.

World Mental Health Day
What can YOU do to improve your mental health?

An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, WMHD is an annual program held on 10th October to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

Make a promise to do ONE THING that will benefit your mental health

This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:

- To encourage help-seeking behaviour

- To reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and

- To foster connectivity throughout communities.

The 2014 WMHD campaign aims to achieve these goals by encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing. To do this, the campaign focusses on a simple, personal mental health promise that can be made by anyone, regardless of their own mental health.

There are also various activities taking place across Australia on World Mental Health Day, 10th October. Some of these include:

Alice Springs: Stress Less Day in the Park, from 10am to 2pm - come to 7 Stuart Terrace for some gentle yoga, an art exhibition and barbecue lunch.

Melbourne: Free Spin Classes all day at SpinStar, 24 Clifton Street, Prahran.

Perth: Turn Blue for a Day at the Murray Street Mall, between 11am and 1pm. Come along and find out how you can 'Make a Move Towards Better Mental Health'.

Sydney: Mental Health Day Cruise leaves from Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay at 10am.

Activities will be taking place across Australia on and around 10th October

For details of all activities, go to the website.

You don't have to have a mental illness to take part, you just need to have an interest in your own good health, which is important to everyone.
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Why? Because we could all do something to improve our mental health.
When: 10th October
Phone: (02) 6285 3100 (Mental Health Australia)
Where: Everywhere
Cost: FREE
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