Mental Health Week is a national week this year celebrated from 7-14 October, with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

This year, the theme of WA Mental Health Week is all about community and the various settings we go to every day where we can support the wellbeing of others: 'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play'

About Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is run in WA by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), supported by the Government of Western Australia, Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest.

WAAMH is proudly part of Australia's mental health promotion group which plan awareness campaigns around World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Week aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities by:

  • Encouraging each of us to support and look out for one another
  • Promoting mental health discussion – learning the ‘language’ of expressing feelings, good and bad
  • Continuing to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help.

UnitingCare West is a proud member of WAAMH.

Mental Health Week at UCW

To acknowledge the week, our Recovery Options services based at our Outer North Connection Hub in Merriwa are holding a barbeque and celebration event in Mullalloo on 10 October. Check back for pictures from the event later this week!

UCW is also being represented at the Mirrabooka Mental Health Week Cooperative Community Event. This free event celebrates local communities being mentally Stronger Together. UCW will be there alongside a wide range of local community groups, all available for people to connect with as we celebrate mental wellbeing starting in our communities- being stronger together!

The mental wellbeing of our staff and volunteers is also important to us here at UCW. As part of Mental Health Week we will be holding a staff event around  “Breath, Movement & Mindfulness in the Workplace” as well as sharing information and resources with team members about how to support their own wellness as well as that of our clients and participants.

UCW supporting mental health recovery every day

Here at UCW we operate a range of holistic mental health services that support our clients along every stage of the journey to recovery. We focus on strength and recovery, demonstrating that people experiencing mental illness can lead highly fulfilling lives.

These programs include:

Community Connections

Partners in Recovery

Personal Helpers and Mentors

Independent Living Program

Pathways

If you think you, a family member of friend might benefit from involvement in any of these programs, please do get in touch!

Look out for more articles and event coverage throughout the week.