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World Mental Health Day

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This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Mental Health Day

This Photo was taken prior COVID-19 restrictions

World Mental Health Day is held each year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

The past months have brought many challenges for everyone especially healthcare workers, emergency services personnel and people with mental health conditions. Many people are experiencing greater social isolation than before.

A/Chief Officer Garry Cook said today is an opportunity for us all to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether or not we have experienced mental illness.

“As we prepare for the upcoming bushfire season alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of understanding good mental health has never been more significant," Garry said.

“Check on yourself and others, listen and encourage action.”

If at any time you are worried about your psychological wellbeing or the wellbeing of someone you know, there is always help available through:

  • Your GP
  • A mental health specialist such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor or social worker.
  • CFA Wellbeing Support Line – 1800 959 232
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Grief Line – 1300 845 745
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
  • The Australia Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health – (03) 9035 5599

Find out more on the CFA intranet.