Month evokes individuals to tune in to psychological well being

To mark this yr’s Psychological Well being Month, “CityNews” spoke with some native companies and organisations who’re keen about enhancing psychological well being.

CELEBRATED in October every year, Psychological Well being Month encourages individuals to consider the significance of psychological well being of their on a regular basis lives.

In 2022 the theme for the month is “Tune In”, which implies being current, being conscious of what’s occurring inside you, and on this planet round you.

Over the approaching 4 weeks, companies and organisations all through ACT and NSW will host occasions to encourage individuals to suppose extra about their very own psychological well being and the psychological well being of these round them.

A “Tune In” calendar can be accessible on the Psychological Well being Month web site, which options ideas to assist individuals with their very own happiness every day.

To have fun the month, “CityNews” spoke with various native companies and organisations who’re keen about enhancing psychological well being.


Taking care of Australia’s psychological well being

Psychological Well being Australia CEO Leanne Beagley.

WORLD Psychological Well being Day – October 10 – is a day for world psychological well being training, consciousness and advocacy, says Psychological Well being Australia CEO Dr Leanne Beagley.

“This yr’s theme of ‘Consciousness, Belonging and Connection’ speaks to our need to construct and preserve wholesome relationships for our wellbeing and good psychological well being,” says Dr Beagley.

“Our October calendar comprises an A-to-Z of useful tricks to follow aware habits for our psychological well being.”

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Dr Beagley says signing up for this World Psychological Well being Day gives a chance to embed aware habits to assist individuals achieve and preserve a way of wellbeing.

“Inviting others to hitch in additionally gives that sense of group and helps us take care of ourselves and one another,” she says.

“For some individuals, taking care of your psychological well being could contain taking a day by day stroll. For others, it’s about discovering time to have enjoyable; getting in some much-needed relaxation; or taking time to attach with others. Everyone seems to be totally different.

“Psychological well being generally is a tough topic for many individuals to speak about and interact with due to stigma and a lack of know-how, which is why campaigns like World Psychological Well being Day are so essential.

“Comparatively easy commitments to do one thing small – like acts of self-care, mindfulness, reaching out to others, having fun with the outside, or random acts of kindness – can go an extended strategy to enhance wellbeing,” she says.

Psychological Well being Australia, name 6285 3100 or go to

Psychological Well being and Wellbeing unit supervisor Carley Thomas, left, and MindMap crew chief Amy Kelley.

Portal maintains assist throughout ready interval

MINDMAP is an internet navigation portal initiative of ACT Well being carried out by Marymead, says Psychological Well being and Wellbeing Unit supervisor Carley Thomas.

It’s run for younger individuals, mother and father and carers who’re searching for youth (0-25) mental-health-related assist, companies and data.

“One perform of MindMap is to shut the hole between assist searching for and scientific allocation by Energetic Maintain,” says Carley.

“Energetic Maintain is a holding house designed to keep up the assist of the particular person whereas they’re on a service-provider ready listing.”

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Carley says MindMap will increase understanding of psychological well being data and companies.

“By placing all companies and data in a single place, younger individuals and their caregivers can really feel assured that the outcomes acquired are of a top quality,” says Carley. 

MindMap crew chief Amy Kelley says MindMap has offered essential interventions for younger individuals with various circumstances.

“MindMap’s vibrant crew is relatable and accessible, trying to interrupt down the facility imbalance that’s typically felt when accessing psychological well being companies,” says Amy.

“MindMap is just not a disaster service. The crew hyperlinks individuals to companies in a supportive and empathetic approach and the anonymity of the live-chat perform has seen younger individuals disclosing data {that a} bricks-and-mortar operation would possibly stop,” Amy says.

MindMap is accessible 24/7 and is supported by a crew of “youth navigators” from 11am to 10pm every day, with some variations on public holidays.

MindMap. Name 1800 862 111 or go to


Movie pageant shines mild on psychological well being

Founding father of This Is My Courageous Australia Tim Daly.

THE Canberra Worldwide Psychological Well being Movie Pageant will this yr function 26 movies that look to interrupt the stigma surrounding psychological well being and sickness, says founder and director Tim Daly.

Run by charity organisation That is My Courageous Australia, Tim says the movie pageant is a approach of sharing tales which are an alternative choice to the mainstream media’s regular portrayal of psychological well being.

“Normally you solely hear the sensational or the tragic tales,” he says.

“We wish to present the opposite facet of the story of individuals residing with psychological well being points, present that life with a psychological well being problem is just not the tip of your life. That there’s hope.”

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Now in its fifth yr, Tim says the pageant has acquired movies from everywhere in the world which span all types of genres.

“We’ve had submissions from international locations like Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Ukraine, Italy and even Botswana,” he says.

“This yr we’ve obtained quite a lot of animation and I feel that needed to do with covid. Individuals had bother getting out and making movies however they nonetheless made them with animation.”

Tim says the movies might be submitted by anybody and oftentimes turn into used as essential guides for individuals residing with psychological well being points.

“Creatives have fantastic methods of expressing themselves, that are often totally different from what you see round regular protection of psychological well being,” he says.

“That is actual life, that is genuine and it’s actually essential that we get these tales out.”

Canberra Worldwide Psychological Well being Movie Pageant, at AIE Theatre, Canberra Know-how Park, Watson, October 9, go to

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