Mental Health Month
Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign coincides with World Mental Health Day, which happens each year on October 10. Mental Health Week raises awareness about mental health issues to promote social and emotional well-being in the community. The theme this year is:
The concept of “Value Your Mind” encourages individuals to be: mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active; to care for themselves and for other people; and to have a sense of belonging and purpose in life. All these factors contribute to happiness, well-being and good mental health.
At Bethany, the aim of Mental Health Month is to:
- Enhance mental health and well-being amongst students
- Increase awareness of mental health issues within the school
- To highlight the importance of valuing yourself through self-care
- To encourage help-seeking behaviour
- Promote positive psychological resilience
- Reduce the stigma associated with mental health
- To foster connectivity within the Bethany community – ‘Together We Grow’
In light of Mental Health Week, we will be organising a number of events for October, including: relaxation techniques; mindfulness; art therapy; team activities; competitions; projects; and lots more! These activities will be run by students themselves so that as a community we can facilitate positive well-being and to facilitate a supportive environment for students who experience mental health concerns.