World Mental Health Day is marked on 10 October, to mobilise efforts globally in support of mental healthcare and raising awareness of mental health issues but also serving as a reminder to check in on ourselves and loved ones.
Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data show that one in five people are reporting high or very high levels of psychological distress linked to the pandemic.
For those living in Victoria, the state that has endured the longest and strictest COVID-19 restrictions, the percentage is even higher, with a recent ABS survey suggesting the latest outbreak has led to almost in three Victorians reporting feelings associated with depression and anxiety.
COVID-19 restrictions have also taken a toll on the mental health of our most vulnerable, with many elderly Greek Australians being unable to hug their grandchildren and see family in person for prolonged periods.
If you or a loved one are experiencing ill mental health lately and have not reached out for help, an upcoming webinar could help you and the people you care for with practical information and directions for further support.
‘Keeping Well During the Pandemic’ is an online webinar series (in-language or in English with an interpreter) organised by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC)* for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
Coming up on Wednesday 13 October, is the dedicated webinar for Greek – speakers.
What it covers
– impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing
– how to recognise symptoms of mental distress in ourselves and others
– information on where to seek help
– tips and skills on how to manage stress and keep well during this challenging time
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams – participants will be sent a link after registration.
Cost: FREE, with places limited to a maximum of 30 participants for each webinar
For more information or to register, click on the link below:
*The TMHC is a NSW Health state-wide service hosted in the Western Sydney Local Health District
** Readers seeking support with mental health can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or visit http://Beyondblue.org.au.