Mental Health Day
Mental Health Day is a global initiative that raises awareness about mental health and promotes positive wellbeing. This year, we are celebrating the day on 10 October.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, almost half of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime. With the ongoing challenges of this year, prioritising your mental health and wellbeing has never been more important.
In our recent consultation to renew the Boroondara Community Plan 2021–31, residents told us that mental health and social connection were priority areas for our community.
We continue to work closely with community organisations and service providers to make sure our community:
- has greater knowledge about mental health
- feels safe to talk openly about mental health
- is supported when they ask for help.
Mental health support services
Contact triple zero (000) if your situation is an emergency.
We're committed to promoting important health information and services.
We have a list of support services on our website for:
- mental health
- referral services
- treatment services.
Mental health for your family
Across the year, families have been navigating the ups and downs of a new reality involving remote learning, working from home and lots of family time.
We have a list of information and resources on our website to help you look after yourself and your family’s wellbeing.
Ways to improve your mental wellbeing
We work with local community organisations to create opportunities for connection and to encourage positive mental health outcomes across Boroondara.
There are many ways to support your mental health. You can:
- Sign up to be a volunteer – Volunteering can bring meaning and purpose to your life, while increasing your self-esteem and wellbeing. Go to our 'Volunteer opportunities' page to learn more.
- Join a local sports club – Staying active can improve your sleep, give you more energy and help manage stress. Boroondara offers a range of sporting clubs and exercise groups for people of all ages and abilities. Go to our 'Sport and recreation clubs' page to learn more.
- Watch a film – We are hosting a free virtual screening of Happy Sad Man on Wednesday 20 October to help change the conversation around masculinity and mental health. You can register for the event here.
- Join a local Men’s Shed and socialise with like-minded people through a range of activities. Go to our 'Men's Sheds' page to learn more.
- Drop by the Boroondara Youth Hub – The hub is open for young people aged 10 to 25. You can catch up on your study, hang out or get some support and advice from our supportive youth team. Go to our 'Visit and contact our Youth Hub' page to learn more.
- Register for one of our online events and programs. Go to our 'Events' page to learn more.
- Enjoy a walk with your children or pets to a local playground or park. Use our map to find a playground or park near you.
- Sign up for a new hobby or recreational activity – Your local Neighbourhood House has a variety of programs available to suit all interests. Go to our 'Neighbourhood houses and community centres' page to learn more.