One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition but only 65%
of these people seek help from health services.

Mental health is a person’s emotional and psychological well-being, where they
understand their ability to function positively and cope with change in day-to-day life.

Often the term ‘mental health’ is misunderstood with ‘mental illness’, which instead
describes a disorder in a person’s behaviour and well-being. Just like we monitor our
physical health to stay away from illnesses, it is just as important to monitor our
mental health to prevent mental illnesses. Likewise, as we regularly seek help if our
physical health is unwell, it only makes sense to consistently check up on our mental
health too.

Mental Health Week took place between 6 – 12 October, coordinated by the Western
Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH). This year’s theme was:
“Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play”.
The WAAMH is a proud promoter of mental health with its growing need for support
and reducing the stigma of seeking help, by showing that mental health care is a

Taking care of your own mind starts with you. Here are a few easy and simple tips to
get you learning about where your head is at.
1. Look after your body
A healthy diet, exercise and getting enough sleep has shown to increase
wellbeing. Research has also shown lack of sleep contributing to high rates of
depression in college students – so sleep is very important!

2. Connect and communicate

Whether its nurturing your personal relationships or creating new ones,
building bonds will help to balance the mind amidst natural stresses, and
overall benefit your wellbeing.

3. Time for you
Spend more time on things you enjoy doing or take the time to learn
something new. Not only will this relax your mind and ease stress but it will
also be a journey of self discovery.

4. Express your emotions
As much as we try to stay positive and happy, there are times where we also
feel angry and sad. However, we tend to hide from these negative emotions,
which can actually increase levels of stress and anxiety. Instead, we should
allow the body to let go of negative energy. So next time you feel like you
want to cry, just let it out and don’t be afraid!

5. Reach out
Often mental health is misunderstood and pushed aside, with the assumption
that our mind will find happiness again – but sometimes this isn’t the case and
we should seek advice. Whether it’s friends and family or professional help, in
person or online, there are so many options and services available. Finding
someone that you feel the most comfortable speaking to can make a greater
difference than you realise.

Think twice before you try to put your mental health aside. As Jaelea Skehan,
Director of Hunter Institute of Mental Health says:
"It can be so easy for us to take our mental health for granted; to prioritise
other things; to put it off until next week. It can also seem too big and too
hard. But it’s not. There are some things everyone can do."

A happy mind is a happy life. My Care My Choice aims to help people and families
with valuable information on the community mental health services accessible. We’re

passionate about providing the support and care people need, to ensure they
become the best version of themselves. Mental health should always be a priority.