Mental Health Week is being celebrated from 9-16 October this year, based around World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Coordinated by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with support from the WA Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Week provides a prime opportunity to address and highlight the important connection between social determinants and mental health; and promote effective prevention strategies to keep people mentally healthy.
For more information on Mental Health Week including resources, activities, events, factsheets, tips and strategies, visit https://mentalhealthweek.org.au/. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of mental health among your brigade and local community. Make sure to get involved through @MentalHealthWeekWA and #mhw2021 across social media.
If you need assistance or know someone who does, the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds the DFES Wellness Branch to provide holistic support and information to help all Emergency Service Volunteers (including non-DFES managed volunteers such as Bush Fire Brigade volunteers). You can contact the team to find out information on appropriate support services via [email protected]
Likewise, DFES’ Peer Support Programs consists of trained employees and volunteers who can provide you with support and information on health and wellbeing services. Peer Support Officers can be contacted directly via the staff intranet and volunteer hub. Further information can also be found on the DFES Family Support Page.