World Mental Health Day 2020

Published by MAXSolutions on October 06, 2020
World Mental Health Day 2020


Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day 2020


Did you know that one in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year? Many more people have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the increased uncertainty and anxiety that has been present during the last six months. 

On World Mental Health Day 2020, Mental Health Australia encourages everyone to make a promise to look after their mental health.

Three helpful tips to focus on your mental health this week (and every week!)

  • Plan an enjoyable activity – It’s important not to lose touch with things that give us pleasure. Plan to do some fun activities this week that make you feel joyful. For example, watch a comedy, take a relaxing bath, spend time in nature or eat your favourite foods.


  • Connect with others – Find ways to connect with your friends and family. For those who are physically isolated, it’s easy to become disconnected. Organise phone and video calls or do something nice for them.


  • Practice mindfulness – Mindfulness is about learning to focus our awareness on the present moment. This can help you to accept your thoughts and feelings and let go of any future concerns or worries. Consider watching a video or listening to an audio clip to meditate.


Accessing support from health professionals

Talking to a health professional can help you manage your mental and physical health.

MAX customers can access support from health professionals, starting with our Health Service Officers (HSOs). 

Meeting with a HSO is a great place to start exploring mental health concerns and symptoms. 

MAX customers are typically linked with health support services by their consultant. 

However, recently we’ve expanded our health services and MAX customers can now request an appointment with an HSO. 

HSOs can provide a range of interventions to support customers’ mental health in sessions, such as:

  • Setting goals to improve mental health and wellbeing

  • Provide education and resources on various health topics

  • Create a plan to increase daily activity and exercise

  • Learn ways to develop positive thinking and behaviours

  • Explore helpful coping strategies to manage stress and emotions

  • Learn effective ways to communicate and connect with others

  • Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques

  • Link customers to external community supports


If you would like more information, or would like to request an appointment, speak to your Job Coach. 


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