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Make your mental health promise this World Mental Health Day

by Jessica Hamilton

Mental health matters. No one should struggle alone.

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day, and Mental Health Australia are calling on the nation to reduce the stigma of mental health, with their campaign, Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see? challenges perceptions on mental illness and aims to reduce stigma. It promotes a positive approach to tackling an issue that affects one in five Australians and it aims to shed a new light on the mental health conversation,” said Frank Quinlan, Mental Health Australia CEO.

Everyone in Australia is invited to make their own #mentalhealthpromise and share it with the nation. The goal is to “challenge Australia to look at mental health through a different light, in positive bright colour, not black and white,” said Mr. Quinlan.

Throughout the week from October 9–13, Mental Health Australia will be running a series of events aimed at raising awareness about mental health and what you can do to reduce the stigma.

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Why mental health matters

It all starts with a simple conversation. Here at Open Colleges, we strongly believe that mental health matters. No one should have to suffer in silence. We all deserve for our voices to be heard. Our Mental Health Matters series aims to offer you support whenever you need it. We cover topics like how to manage stress, anxiety and depression, so you can live your best life.

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Turning a passion to help into a rewarding career

If you’ve always had a passion and desire to help others, channelling this into a rewarding career in health and community services is a great way to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.

Everyone deserves access to support.  The more support there is available and the more we talk about it, the more we are helping to challenge the stigma of mental health. Jobs in this field can range from Counsellor to Mental Health Outreach Worker, and there are lots of great study options available to set you on this rewarding career path.

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How can you help?

There are lots of ways to get involved in Mental Health Week. You can make your own #mentalhealthpromise, donate or even host a ‘morning tea for mental health.’  There are also some fantastic events being held around the country in support of Mental Health Week. Check out the Mental Health Australia website for more information.

We can all do our part to reduce the stigma of mental health. Even just a simple gesture like asking somehow how they are, can make all the difference.

Interested in a career in mental health?

Open Colleges offers a Diploma of Counselling and the Certificate IV in Mental Health, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to guide and support people through the tough times in life. Make a difference today!

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