World Mental Health Day 2018

10 Oct 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) recognise World Mental Health Day today as a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma and unhelpful attitudes towards mental health.  We acknowledge that our young people are the primary focus for the 2018 theme for World Mental Health Day, which is: ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world.'  AIPA recognises the importance of engaging with young people in positive and innovative ways. 

If we are working in health provision alongside young people, AIPA would support specific programs that are culturally safe and aimed at early intervention and prevention.  Programs that also empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. AIPA also advocate for the inclusion of the social and emotional wellbeing model, if health practitioners are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths and adolescents.  This model considers social and emotional wellbeing in a holistic and comprehensive lens.  Please see the social and emotional wellbeing model at this site: https://www.telethonkids.org.au/globalassets/media/documents/aboriginal-health/working-together-second-edition/wt-part-1-chapt-4-final.pdf

"When considering the social and emotional wellbeing model, people may experience healthy and strong connections and a sense of resilience in some domains, while experiencing difficulty and/or the need for healing in others. (Gee et al., 2014)"

If you wish to be involved on World Mental Health day this year, there may be local activities in your community.  However all can be involved by educating yourself about social and emotional wellbeing and mental health and learn ways to recognise signs when your wellbeing is not as good as it could be.  Prevention and good wellbeing can begin by gaining a better understanding of what to look out for.