“World Mental Health Day – 10 October – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
Stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice remains an issue in Australia, delaying or preventing people from wanting or feeling able to seek help, and impacting adversely on their lives.
Misconceptions and misrepresentations about those experiencing mental illness are damaging to people’s lives.” (1010.org.au)
It is becoming increasingly important that the topic of mental health, and mental health within the arts and creative industries, is spoken about within the many communities and the audiences that consume the arts.
Today we find more and more artists and industry members stepping forward and being transparent with their own mental health journeys and how they are coping. It is crucial that mental health remains a topic of discussion within the arts and creative industries so that we can collectively create more open and nurturing environments that are less about creative output, and more about the personal interest and longevity of those within these industries.
Today I spoke to local Adelaide musicians about 1010.org.au and Mental Health Australia‘s “Do You See What I See?” Mental Health Promise campaign for World Mental Health Day. We had a chat about the importance of setting goals and making personal promises to yourself to enable better personal mental health wellbeing.
The following are just some of the responses I received to the question, “What is your mental health promise to yourself and/ or your local community?”
“My mental health promise is to……”
“…make sure I’m being aware of myself and those around me, and learn the importance of putting myself first when it comes to happiness.”
– Aston Valladares– Towns
“…do something creative every day once I finish my studies this year, as a way of remembering how much I love and enjoy music and art.”
–Georgia Nielsen– Pelvis
“…not give in to bad habits, and stop procrastinating on actions that I know will be of benefit to my happiness and health.”
–Josh Pullinen– The Straight-Jacket Tailors
and of course, I have made my own mental health promise as well that I hope will enable me to keep working effectively on Art and Mental Health AU in the coming year, whilst still being able to be present in the other areas of my life.
“…learn how to switch off and not be in “work mode” all of the time, and implement healthier boundaries to ensure that my nervous system and mind have a break and a chance to destress.”
–Ashlea Jaye– Founder of Art and Mental Health AU
By making and keeping these personal mental health promises, it can motivate you to implement regular self care and healthy mental health practices into your day-to-day routines. These practices help to build and maintain healthy and strong mental health in the long term.
To make your own mental health promise, you can head to 1010.org.au/make-a-promise/ where you can also find some other great examples of a mental health promise.
If you or someone you know are seeking help, you can go to:
or head to our Resources page.