World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October.
The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional well-being to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.
Mental Health Week 2016 will run from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th October.
Victoria Mental Health
This years launch was held on Tue 11th October at the Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square.
It has now been an annual event since 1984 and has more than 20 community sponsors that have signed up to collaborate to bring this event to life. The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) will be joined by MC George Donikian (Former news presenter for the Nine Network and Network Ten), along with Key Note Speaker, Jason Ball (LGBTIQ and Mental Health advocate & 2016 Greens Candidate for Higgins).
Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state, including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music and seminars.
Much of the effort of running Mental Health Week comes from dedicated volunteers committed to promoting mental wellbeing, furthering knowledge about mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.
As co-ordinator of Mental Health Week in Victoria, the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) is delighted to have the active involvement and participation of state and federal governments, as well as non-government organisations and community-based health and social impact agencies. We are pleased to be sharing the Week with the Victorian Government, along with many other mental health, health, education, recreation, and support agencies.