October 2, 2023

Mental Health Month: 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Mental Health Month is a national event that happens every October and aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.*

As one in five Victorians experience mental health issues in any given year, community mental wellbeing is fundamental to our quality of life.

Today we highlight,5 Ways to Wellbeing’, an international awareness-raising and action orientated health literacy campaign to spread the word about five simple and effective things individuals can do to help protect and promote their mental wellbeing.

These evidence-based actions are:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Keep Learning
  • Be Aware
  • Help Others.

Nicola McKay, Community Development – Mental Health Support, Hume Community Team, Wellbeing & Recovery, says, “Northern Health is embarking on a process to develop resources that better address mental health and wellbeing in our CALD communities. We will be sharing updated messaging that enhances the broader community’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing and how to use these five simple ways that build mental resilience and improve mental wellbeing.”

“This means that all communities we have the privilege of looking after will have access to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing program.”

States Belinda Scott, Executive Director, Mental Health, “It is important to take a moment each day, to focus on your thoughts and feelings, so that you can reduce your stress and enjoy the good things around you. Give the five a try – it is easier than you think!”

Please visit the website here: 5waystowellbeing.org.au

*This week also marks Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week. People living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) often experience stigma and discrimination which remains a significant barrier to accessing appropriate care.