World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, WMHD is an annual program held on 10 October to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:
* Encourage help seeking behaviour
* Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
* Foster connectivity throughout communities
The 2014 WMHD campaign aims to achieve these goals by encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.
To do this, the campaign focusses on a simple, personal mental health promise that can be made by anyone, regardless of their own mental health.
You don’t have to have a mental illness to take part, you just need to have an interest in your own good health, which is important to everyone.