Sunday, 7 October 2012

Mental Health Week: 7 to 13 October

One in five Australians is affected by a mental health condition. This is an alarming fact, and so Mental Health Week is aimed at raising awareness and understanding about mental health in the wider community.

There are a number of mental health support services available if you are in need of support and counselling, these include:

This time of year is stressful for everyone - assignments are due, and exams are just around the corner. JCU has a Counselling service if you are having difficulty coping.

thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. Providing resources online means that more people will be able to get help to improve their wellbeing and be able to study more effectively. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice. 

beyondblue has some great community ideas for Mental Health Week.  Have a look at their new iPad-friendly Workplace Mental Health Awareness e-learning Program.

headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation) helps young people (ages 12 to 25) who are going through a tough time. There are headspace centres in Cairns and Townsville.

Kids Helpline provides private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 - call 1800 55 1800.

Lifeline provides crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14.

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