People across NSW are being urged to tune into their mental health and reach out to the many available services if they need support, this World Mental Health Day.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor is encouraging people to pause and take a moment today to consider how they are feeling.
“We may often neglect our mental health to prioritise other areas of our busy lives, so this World Mental Health Day I’m encouraging everyone to take some time to check in with yourself,” Mrs Taylor said.
“By taking just a few moments out of the day to focus on yourself, your environment and how you are feeling, you’re already taking small but beneficial steps to support your mental health and wellbeing.”
NSW Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Murray Wright, said World Mental Health Day is also a good opportunity to refocus on the things we can do that are good for our mental health.
“Working on your mental health gets easier and better with practice, so it is really important to have an awareness of what you can do to feel better,” Dr Wright said.
“This could be doing some exercise, taking time for reflection, getting good rest and maintaining social connections with family, friends and colleagues.
“We know that once you begin to open up to a trusted person, small chats can lead to really important conversations. Most importantly, if you need help, make sure you reach out for it, whether through your family, friends or mental health services.”
More information about Mental Health services and support is available on the NSW Health website.
The NSW Government announced a record $2.9 billion investment into mental health services as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.
For anyone who is struggling, you can call the below helplines for support and advice:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
To be connected with specialist mental health services, call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.