Mental Health Month – Share the Journey!

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW, and today is World Mental Health Day! This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.

Stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice remains an issue in Australia, delaying people from wanting or feeling able to seek help, and impacting adversely on their lives. Misconceptions about those experiencing mental illness can lead to people affected being labelled as ‘crazy’, ‘comical’, ‘incompetent’ or ‘hopeless’. These types of labels can appear anywhere, in the media and the arts, and in conversations we have at work, school or home.

WayAhead, the Mental Health Association of NSW, believes it’s time to look at mental illness in a different light – a positive light, and have events happening across NSW that you can take part in. If you’d like to learn more about mental health in Australia, the Library has a great range of resources available online for you to use, including:

If you find yourself needing support while you’re studying, CSU has a Health and Wellbeing web page giving you all the information you need to keep your mental health in check! If you need any help accessing any of these resources, or have questions about finding more resources, please contact us at the Library.