Today is World Mental Health Day; a day to raise awareness of mental illness, a day for compassion and understanding, a day for listening, a day for connecting, a day for shaking off the stigma.
In an effort to reduce the stigma, educate and create a mentally healthy society in WA, we focus on our community and the various settings we go to everyday where we can support the wellbeing of others.
At Communicare Breathing Space, for example, we recognise that where we live, learn, work and play is the combination of factors which impacts our mental wellbeing and that mental health is a journey where no one should get left behind. We encourage each other to support and look out for one another and we promote mental health discussions in our group sessions; learning the language of expressing our feelings.
More recently we have incorporated a few new ways to look after our mental health and wellbeing in our program for our residents and our teams. Last month we visited Serpentine Falls, spending time in nature, going for a bush walk, completing a group treasure hunt and enjoying a healthy picnic BBQ lunch. The ‘keeping active’ theme has continued with two new bikes being purchased with some of our Lotterywest grant to assist residents gain some exercise as well as them acting as an alternative mode of transport; boosting our residents’ moods, concentration and alertness.
One of our residents commented, “These group activities help me to connect with others here which increases my confidence and self-esteem to complete this program.”
Mental health starts with all of us playing a part and it’s time to look at mental illness in a different light – a positive light.
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