Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging everyone across the local area to pause and take a moment to think not just about their own mental health, but to also consider the mental well-being of those around them.
Today is World Mental Health Day, which Ms Cooke said, is the perfect opportunity to ask if we’re doing all we can to look after ourselves, and those close to us.
“We’re certainly heading into a busy time – at school the HSC gets underway this week; it can be a hectic time at work too as the year draws to a close; while for some, the lead-up to Christmas can be a challenging time, especially if you’re on your own,” Ms Cooke said.
“It can be easy to get distracted by our busy lives, and often the first thing to be pushed aside or overlooked, is our mental health.
“So today on World Mental Health Day, let’s all stop and have a think about our mental well-being, and perhaps ask ourselves and others if we’re looking after our mental health.
“These can often be difficult conversations to have, but it’s important we have these discussions and ensure our loved ones, colleagues, and peers seek help when they need it,” she said.
Ms Cooke said Mental Health Day falls within Mental Health Month, which is set aside each year, to promote the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives.
“This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is ‘we all have a role to play’, so my message is simple: if you or someone around you seems to be struggling – even just a little – seek support, before it becomes too overwhelming,” Ms Cooke said.
More information can be found at: www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au