Mental Health Week 2023 kicks off
WA Mental Health Week 2023 officially launches today, with events kicking off in the Great Southern town of Esperance.
This year’s theme is ‘Mind. Body. Environment’, reinforcing the importance of the connection between mental health, physical health and our environment.
Multiple events will feature across the state throughout the week, including a Jungle Body mega dance class at The Court and Breakfast by the Bay at the University Club of WA.
The start of Mental Health Week coincides with the release of the new Western Australian Mental Wellbeing Guide (Mental Wellbeing Guide), developed by the Mental Health Commission after extensive consultation with government, non-government, private and community organisations, as well as representatives from the lived experience sector.
The Mental Wellbeing Guide aims to:
- improve understanding of the term “mental wellbeing” and how it impacts and interacts with both mental health and physical health
- clarify the community’s role in supporting mental wellbeing by identifying factors that impact on mental wellbeing.
- provide practical examples of activities that can increase or maintain mental wellbeing
- encourage evaluation and research of mental wellbeing programs to build evidence about effective strategies.
WA Mental Health Week 2023, which runs from 7 to 14 October 2023, is hosted by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and supported by the WA State Government through the WA Mental Health Commission.