What’s Coming Up!! Events for Mental Health
There is a lot going on for Mental Health over the coming months and I thought I’d give you and update and direction on where you can get more information and get involved!
September is also known as Liptember! Liptember is an organisation raising funds and awareness for Women’s Mental Health. They have partnered with Chemist Warehouse to create the Liptember Bag; for $40 you receive a reusable tote bag filled with amazing product, valued at over $300. I purchased one myself and am in awe of the incredible products inside. Share your purchase online with the hastag #liptember & #GetLippy to let other women know! They encourage people to wear lipstick and share pictures with the hashtag, to raise awareness and grow the online community. This is a great initiative and a fun one to be involved with!
Some other really important dates are coming up in September. R U OK Day? Is on Thursday the 13th of September and World Suicide Prevention Day is Monday the 10th of September. www.ruok.org.au has information around how you, your workplace, sporting team or other group can get involved. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-44 years of age, with approximately a third of all deaths in this age group occurring due to suicide (ABS, 2018). As a nation we need to start talking to each other, because a conversation can save a life. If you ask someone is they are thinking about suicide and they say yes, it’s really important to get them to a professional. For more information on where you can get assistance visit www.lifeline.org.au.
Mental Health Week in Queensland is held from the 6th to the 14th of October and this year the theme is ‘Six steps to value mental health: Be active, Keep learning, Give, Connect, Take notice & Care for our Planet’. If you visit queenslandmentalhealthweek.org,au, you will find a myriad of information regarding what’s on in October to bring light to mental health awareness. Bec and I will be at the Mental Health Expo being held at Reddacliff Place on George St in Brisbane City, from 10am-3pm and we would love to see you! This event has so many stalls, activities, information, performances and guest speakers and is well worth a visit! Bec and I will have information on all our workshops as well as badge making, so you can make a badge and celebrate Mental Health Week! There are yummy food stalls – so you can make a day of it! Come and say hi!
These a just of the few important dates relating to mental health in the year – but check out the links and get involved!