World Mental Health Day 10 October

1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don't seek help because of stigma. World Mental Health Day – October 10 — is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

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Mental Health Australia asks the Australian public to promise to shed a more positive light this World Mental Health Day on 10th October and in the week surrounding this day. In their campaign "Do you see what I see?" they are asking the public to see beyond the stigma and make mental health more visible by making a #MentalHealthPromise. Do You See What I See? challenges perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourages everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve.

As the peak not-for-profit organisation representing the mental health sector in Australia, Mental Health Australia has a focus on ensuring the whole community recognises the part we all play in creating a mentally healthy society. They aim to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues and conduct research into mental health. They believe that at home, at work, with family and friends, or in the wider community, we can all do something to help reduce stigma around mental illness. Stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice remains an issue which delays or prevents people from wanting or feeling able to seek help and impacting adversely on their lives.

Misconceptions and misrepresentations about those experiencing mental illness are damaging to people's lives. In reality, with the right treatment and support, the vast majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead independent and contributing lives in the community. With one in five Australians affected, these people form part of our close circles of family, friends and colleagues, and interact with us in our communities every day.

There are events that have been planned throughout the week around World Mental Health Day that may be of interest to you or your loved ones. Real stories featured by, Mental Health Australia bring the issues to life and make you realise these are people similar to those that we interact with on a daily basis and may be some of our loved ones.

If you know someone who needs support to be independent, call Right at Home for information on how this can be achieved. As the experts in Home Care, we have the information and skill needed to support varying home care situations and information on how to access government support packages through schemes such as the NDIS to deliver the most suitable in-home care and assistance. Right at Home is the trusted name in home care, help and assistance for seniors and adults living with a disability including mental illness.

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones, and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

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