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‘Conversations and Connection’ is more than just a theme for Mental Health Month ACT in 2020—it is a way to address the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our mental wellbeing.
Reports across the country have been talking about the rise in depression and anxiety and increases in the demand for mental health services.
Isolation, changes to our routine and uncertainties that have come from the coronavirus pandemic have affected our mental wellbeing on an unprecedented scale.
Intentional conversations are crucial to support mental health and wellbeing and to reinforce the notion that we are not alone. Feeling connected to each other and to our communities builds confidence, gives us a sense of belonging and brings meaning to our lives.
Mental Health Month ACT occurs in October each year, coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) ACT and encompasses World Mental Health Day on October 10.
The program for 2020 will look a little different, as we all adapt to the physical distancing measures and restrictions.
A focus on creating opportunities for ‘Conversations and Connection’ has brought a renewed focus on the community level events and activities, as we steer away from large public events in 2020.
Hosting a community event for Mental Health Month is an important way to reach out, start conversations, and create a connection with those around you—something we all need as we go through the impacts of COVID-19 together.
Mental Health Month ACT is encouraging community groups or organisations, schools and universities, charities or faith-based groups in the ACT region to host community events in October 2020 through their reimbursement grant program, which can provide up to $1000 for successful applicants to help run their event.
And in 2020, applications are opened to small business operators in the wellness industry, expanding the reach of positive mental health within the Canberra community.
If you are interested in hosting a Mental Health Month event in your community, head to the website for more details, join the conversation on social media or get in touch with the team to have a chat about your ideas!
Applications close EOD 3 July 2020.