Mental Health Awareness is promoted through World Mental Health Day, which takes place every year on 10 October.
In Queensland this was celebrated with Mental Health Week taking place from Sunday 8 October to Saturday 14 October and in New South Wales with Mental Health Month during October.
One in five Australians will be affected by a mental illness in any year according to the findings of a 2007 Australian Government National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Awareness campaigns such as Mental Health Month and Queensland Mental Health Week seek to promote mental health and wellbeing by giving communities the opportunity to discuss and celebrate mental wellbeing while promoting the services and support that our community is increasingly providing.
The theme of New South Wales' 2017 Mental Health Month is "Share the Journey" and their message is one of social connection. According to Way Ahead, Mental Health Association NSW, who produced Mental Health Month, connecting with others is important for our health and survival. They mention that research tells us that feeling connected, valued and loved by others gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness. They believe that close connections and good relationships with others allow us to enjoy the good times in our lives and helps us deal with the hard experiences we face. They believe that due to today's busy demands on people, more people experience loneliness in Australia than ever before. They also understand that for those experiencing or living with mental illness, loneliness can be far worse as individuals can face social exclusion, stigma and discrimination. As social beings, they believe this can affect all aspects of our wellbeing. Their theme of "sharing the journey" focuses on the importance of social connections in the journey to better mental health; in people's ability to cope with life's challenges and in building their resilience.
Queensland Mental Health Week aims to promote individual and community mental health and wellbeing; boost awareness of mental illness; and boost awareness of stigma and discrimination with the message "value mental health, because our mental health is valuable".
The week organised by Queensland Mental Health Week partners and coordinated by the Queensland Mental Health Commission spread the message that good mental health and wellbeing is the foundation for thriving individuals, families and communities and that stronger mental health and wellbeing brings many benefits in terms of:
- Improved physical health and life expectancy;
- Better learning outcomes and educational achievement;
- Increased ability to get and maintain employment;
- Greater community engagement; and
- Improved quality of life.
Queensland Mental Health Commission work with others to support evidence based and innovative approaches, such as the "Wheel of Wellbeing" (WoW) which uses positive psychology to teach simple techniques for promoting wellbeing focusing on body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet. It provides a simple approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing through positive action and connection.
In-home care providers such as Right at Home can assist in supporting families where mental health is an issue. Regardless of age or physical ability, some people who suffer from mental health disorders may become homebound during their recovery. Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and other disorders can easily affect entire families, not just those who are suffering the condition. Right at Home can provide numerous home care services that help you do more than just survive a loved one's struggle with the effects of a mental health disorder.
Right at Home can help your family thrive on the path of recovery. We assist with respite care, assistance with daily living including personal care, cleaning and shopping, general wellness care and companion care which aids in preventing social isolation. Right at Home has carers that are specialist trained and experienced in caring for those with various conditions including mental health issues and who help to improve the quality of life for those with the condition as well as their family and friends. Right at Home can also help when mental health is a concern for seniors who are coping with the reality of becoming homebound.
Founded in 1995, Right at Home is your local expert on emotional, physical and financial issues related to caring for your loved one at home, and we're dedicated to keeping you informed. Right at Home offers in-home care such as companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently in their home. Right at Home Australia is your local expert for issues related to caring for your unwell or elderly loved ones, and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care.
Right at Home delivers care through the NDIS and is also a My Aged Care government approved home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing, post- operative care, respite care, assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoying 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.
With Right at Home offices in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Wagga Wagga (servicing Southern NSW including Albury, Griffith and other parts of Riverina and Canberra in the A.C.T.), Padstow (servicing Padstow, St George and South West Sydney), Toowoomba (servicing Toowoomba and Darling Downs), Townsville and soon to be opening in Rockhampton, Right at Home Australia's care team is made up of supervisors and carers who are incredibly skilled, compassionate and devoted to improving the lives of their clients and their clients' families. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your Government Package or budget.
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