Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has marked the start of Mental Health Month by encouraging everyone to take some time think about their mental health, and seek help if needed.
The theme for Mental Health Month this year, ‘Value Your Mind’, aims to encourage people to prioritise their own mental health and wellbeing just as much as they would to maintain their physical and social health.
Mr Elliott said mental health issues affect approximately 1 in 5 Australians every year, and the awareness month was a good opportunity to understand the importance mental health plays in our daily lives, whether someone has experienced a mental illness or not.
“The busy hustle and bustle of our daily lives often means people forget to stop for a moment and consider their own mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Elliott said.
“Mental Health Month provides the perfect opportunity for people to reach out to one another and talk about mental health, and in doing so help break down the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness face every day.
“The Hills Mental Health Committee has begun working on solutions to combat mental illness in our community with their first forum, and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our community helping those affected.
“There will be a number of Mental Health Month events being held throughout Baulkham Hills this month, and I encourage locals to get involved.”
Mental Health Month is coordinated by the Mental Health Association of NSW. For more information on events being held throughout NSW during Mental Health Month visit www.mentalhealth.asn.au.