International Day of Mental Health

10 October marks the International Day of World Mental Health. It was established by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992. In Australia it coincides with National Mental Health Week which will be held from 9-15 October 2016 and Mental Health Month, which is held in October.

Mental Health is a serious issue; according to beyondblue (opens in a new window) in Australia an estimated 45 percent of the population will experience a mental health condition at some stage in their lives. Mental illness affects in particular young people. At least one third of young people have had an episode of mental illness by the age of 25 years.

Stigma is one of biggest barriers anyone suffering from mental illness will ever face. You can help break this barrier by making yourself aware of what mental illness is and how it affects people.

Western Sydney University is committed to the wellbeing of staff and students and has arranged for a series of events on campus during Mental Health Month as a demonstration of this commitment. Details of the events on each campus are available on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Month (opens in a new window) webpage.  
For more information on mental illness and ways that you can help, please visit the websites below.