This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and well-being, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.
It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.
Just like physical health, we also have mental health. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Keeping our mind healthy is something we should do on a daily basis.
It is an important part of your overall health to be able to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem and the ability to cope with change.
There are a number of ways you can stay mentally healthy, including:
- keeping active and busy – with sport, art, music, handwork, volunteering etc
- eating well
- sleeping well
- connecting with your community, family and friends
- talking about your feelings
We all have ups and downs, times when we feel great and times when we feel we are struggling. This is normal. However, sometimes issues with our mental health can develop and we may need extra support in these times.
It’s important that you find the right service for you and keep looking if you haven’t found it yet. If you are ever in doubt, seek advice from a health professional such as your GP.
In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department
There are hundreds of mental health and alcohol and other drug services across Western Australia.
You can get help by:
- Calling a helpline if you are looking for someone to talk to. They are there to listen, provide advice, information and referrals.
- Searching the My Servicesonline directory, which helps make it easier to navigate the system and find the right support for mental health, alcohol and other drug issues.
- Book an appointment with your GP for advice and support.
- Government of Western Australia Mental Health Commission Getting Help
- Seeking support online via live chat and online forums
- Headspace if you are between the ages of 12 and 25