Mental Health Month: what is it?




What is 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 centres on World Mental Health Day, which happens each year on October 10

“We develop early intervention and health promotion initiatives which increase community awareness of mental illness and improve mental, social and emotional wellbeing for all.” (

This Year’s Message

The theme of 2015’s mental health month is Value Your Mind!

The main message of this campaign is to encourage all individuals to think about how mental health exists in their daily life & promote the need for all individuals to make mental health a priority in their daily lives. When we make our mental health a priority, we are practicing self- care which is an important part of our daily living to ensure the maintenance of a balanced wellbeing.

Each year for Mental Health Month NSW, the Mental Health Association NSW (MHA NSW) develops an evidence based theme for the campaign and produces artwork for the theme which is printed onto free posters and postcards to be used at events.

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