World Mental Health Day 2019: A positive light on mental health

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Around the country, one in five Australians are affected by mental illness - yet many don't seek help because of stigma.

On October 10, people across the globe will come together to shed a positive light on mental health during World Mental Health Day.

The day aims to highlight global mental health education, awareness and advocacy and is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

The 2019 Australian World Mental Health Day campaign challenges perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourages everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light.

It aims to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve.

The campaign theme, 'Do You See What I See?', looks to encourage people to see beyond the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and make mental health more visible.

Mental Health Australia is leading the World Mental Health Day campaign in Australia.

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CEO Frank Quinlan said the organisation is encouraging people to make a #MentalHealthPromise online.

There is a range of suggested promises to choose from such as promising to share your journey with family and friends or making sure you check in with your mates and let them know you are there to listen.

You can also write your own promise and share a photo connected to your promise.

"To date more than 20,000 people have made a mental health promise to help reduce stigma and create awareness," Mr Quinlan said.

"Today, our promise is to support our friends and colleagues in the suicide prevention sector to continue to work towards zero."

To get involved in World Mental Health Day, order free campaign materials for yourself and your workplace, or make a #MentalHealthPromise, head online to 1010.org.au.

You can also keep up to date with all World Mental Health Day activities by following @aumentalhealth on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

This story A light on mental health first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.