Source: WA Association for Mental Health WAAMH
"There’s so much happening already in the lead up to Mental Health Week 2021 - we don’t even know where to start! Here’s a quick update on this year's theme and some ideas to help with your planning.
Given how critical the early years are for lifelong brain development and functioning, learning, and wellbeing, the theme for Mental Health Week 2021 in Western Australia will be: Mental health starts with our children.
The theme recognises how a person’s mental health reflects the interaction of a lifetime of individual and lifestyle factors with a range of environmental, community and family risk factors.
Mental Health Week will run 9-16 October 2021 and foster the creation, curation, and organisation of a range of resources, activities, events, factsheets, tips, and strategies in the lead up to, and during, the week.
You can help us raise awareness about the importance of protecting and enhancing our mental health, and how vital childhood experiences are for lifelong resilience, wellbeing and meaningful connection by sharing information and materials in your community this Mental Health Week.
To ensure we are offering ‘something for everyone’ there will be four main focus streams associated with the theme:
- Understanding behaviours - addressing misunderstandings, being trauma- informed and learning how young brains adjust and adapt to deal with severe distress.
- Working with children – education, early learning centres, coaching, scouts, community sports, clubs and groups.
- Positive strategies for parents, caregivers and family members
- Fun activities for children and self-care tips for the whole community to build connection and coping skills!
The old saying goes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ so let's build our village and support the future of our community.
WA Mental Health Week is coordinated by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with support from the WA Mental Health Commission. More information on the official Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony events are coming soon, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy exploring the new website and resources while you start planning what you'll do to be part of Mental Health Week this year!"
Click on the link to learn more about Mental Health Week 2021