South Australians are being reminded to treat their mental health with as much importance as their physical wellbeing in light of this week’s Mental Health week 2019.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, said one-in-five South Australians experience mental illness in any one year and Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the services, information and support available when we need help.
“It can be a lot easier for people to speak up when they are feeling physically ill or have a headache, but it can be much harder to tell someone when your mental health is suffering,” Minister Wade said.
The State Liberal Government is expanding the SA Mental Health Commission to include Commissioners with lived experience as part of a plan to improve the governance of South Australia’s mental health services.
South Australia’s Chief Psychiatrist, Dr John Brayley, said Mental Health Week encourages the community to develop a better understanding of mental health and what actions they can take for themselves and others.
This year’s theme is ‘Mind your health’, and focuses on wellbeing, support and community.
Locals can join one of the many events mental health events across the EP including Lets Chalk, to be held on the Port Lincoln foreshore today.