Mental Health Week 2022: Check in on the people around you

11 October 2022

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Mental Health Week is a great opportunity to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and promote effective strategies to help people stay mentally healthy.

Bec and Jeziel spoke to Monique Williamson, CEO of Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia to understand this year’s theme and why it is so important. Mental Health Week helps to raise awareness of people who are experiencing challenges with their mental health but feel like they aren’t able to talk about it. “The reason we run mental health week is to promote, highlight and encourage people that if they are not 100% they should seek help.” 

Social connections are a key factor in maintaining your mental health, but people who are struggling tend to withdraw. This is why it is important to check in on the people around you. Ask how they are going, and if there is anything they feel worried about. It requires persistence and letting that person know they can open up to you when they are ready. “People are people no matter who they are or where they are, so I encourage you to open up the conversation and see where it goes. Let people know that there is help out there and they are not alone. Many others have been through and experienced these things and it will pass. That is the fundamental message that it is okay to not be okay.”

You can find more information, resources and events on mental health week here. Let us know your thoughts by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!