Previous Mental Health Weeks
Mental Health Week 2022
2022 Mental Health Week in the Northern Territory was held on 8 – 16 October. The theme was ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’.
Awareness is about understanding what we need to do to boost and maintain our mental wellbeing. It’s also about knowing when we need to reach out for help and where to get it.
Belonging is about looking out for each other, ensuring we feel safe and supported, and understanding that we’re not alone no matter how difficult our feelings or experiences are.
Connection is about our relationships with our friends, families and those that we care about, as well as the groups, clubs, and networks around us that we rely on to help keep us happy and healthy, wherever we live, work, or play.
Mental Health Week 2021
The theme for 2021 was ‘Connect to Wellbeing’. Although the NT has not been as affected by Covid-19 as other places, the call to connect is just as important. Mental Health Week is a reminder of the importance of connecting to community, hope, strength, and identity; each of these aspects are fundamental to our wellbeing.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness, promote mental health and wellbeing in the wider community and provide information about services available to provide support.
Mental Health Week is also a time to recognise people who have made significant contributions to the Mental Health sector. We know there are so many people in paid and voluntary roles who provide extraordinary support to others.
Mental Health Week 2020
The theme for 2020 was Building Healthy Communities, with a focus being on the effects and impacts due to COVID-19 restrictions on the health and well-being of those across the wider community.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, looking after our mental health and wellbeing has become more important than ever. Mental Health Week 2020 highlighted the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and addressing the stigma attached to mental illness. It also raised awareness about the services available to support people needing help, and advocated for improvements to our mental health system.
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted health services to highlight what we can do to strengthen our resilience and look after our mental health. Friends and families are important sources of support, and GPs and local community mental health services can also help.