World Mental Health Day message: make a mental health promise to yourself
To mark World Mental Health Day today, Lifeline has partnered with Mental Health Australia in asking Australians to make a mental health promise to themselves.
Lifeline National Ambassador Dan Conn – a former NRL player with a history of depression – highlighted the importance of the ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’ campaign and encouraged others to share their own promise on social media.
“I’m proud to be a part of this fantastic initiative,” Mr Conn said. “Not only does it encourage people to think about their own mental health, but it also breaks down the stigma of mental illness by tackling the issue head on.”
“My mental health promise is to always show how much I appreciate all the people that have helped me with my journey. In sharing this, I hope that my own friends, family and the wider community feel more comfortable in reaching out for support should they ever need it.
“Almost 70 per cent of people with a mental illness don’t seek help, but community support for mental health can help change this. If you find you are struggling with things in your life, or are concerned about a friend of family member, remember you are not alone and help is available – Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis support services are there for you and the people you know.”
This year, the campaign has three themes:
1. Encouraging people to seek help when they need it
2. Helping to break down stigma in relation to mental illness
3. Bringing communities together
“With an estimated one in five Australians experiencing a mental issue in the next 12 months, and nearly half of us experiencing mental health difficulties during our lifetime, mental illness is something that is likely to affect us all in some way, whether through our own experience or through our family and friends,” Mr Conn said.
“But it’s important to know that most people will recover – we just need to look out for ourselves, look after our mates and loved ones, and make sure the community knows about services like Lifeline.”
Make your own promise and find out more details about the campaign at www.1010.org.au.
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.