Every year 1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental health, yet because of the stigma do not seek help. TACSI is currently working with young people as Insight Guides who are helping to surface what it is that people need for good mental health.
With World Mental Health Day on 10 October this year, we are asking ourselves and our guides, “what’s your mental health promise?”
What’s your #mentalhealthpromise? #bekindtoyourself
Why is mental health important you?
Mental health is important to me because I feel it’s been an underrated aspect of mine, and others lives. It’s just as important as physical health, but unlike breaking a leg which you can go and get fixed, when our mental health is broken you can’t just go to hospital and get it “fixed”. There isn’t the resources and supports available readily but as part of our everyday lives it is equally as important as our physical health.
My MH promise to myself is
“To become the person that I am”
Why is Mental Health Important to you?
I’m a suicide Survivor, and I’ve learnt (and continue to learn) how important it is to consider mental/emotional health as a core human need and not just a value-add. Many have and do continue to suffer; so, we must all consider mental/emotional health at the forefront of all that we do individually and in the community – exploring ways in which we can all connect, create change, and accompany one another through choosing a way of life that has everyone choosing life as the way.
What is your mental health promise?
Be kind. Bemyself.
Create space for self-care, and remember to make time for fun and being silly.
Play piano & sing songs.
Dream loudly and unapologetically.
Advocate for others and for myself.
Why is mental health important to you?
Like the body keeps us breathing, the brain keeps us thinking, alive and in the moment. Just as physical health is important in keeping me fit, able to tackle each day head on with the energy to thrive, mental health plays a massive part in keeping me in an emotionally stable and capable mindset, mentally resilient to life’s challenges and difficulties, just like my body.
Furthermore, just like physical or general health, mental health is something everybody has, whether they are aware of it or not, and whether they are actively nurturing it or not. I have chosen to set out to improve both my physical and mental health, so I can best maintain my balance and energy in every aspect of my life (through exercises like pilates, dance, meditation and journaling), and as generic as it may sound, incorporating such habits into my routine has benefitted my ability to manage stress and has enhanced my perspective and patience with others. Thus, just as working on my physical strength helps me feel like a stronger person, taking the time to do so with myself mentally helps me become a better, kinder person, to myself and to those around me!
What is your mental health promise?
To keep on keeping on!
I may harp on a bit about the importance of balance, and on giving your mental health as much attention as your physical health, but I am acutely aware that it’s far easier said than done. I promise to myself that even on bad days, or busy weeks, I will do the small things to make a big difference- the most basic self care, like taking a hot shower or bath, or even just allocating myself time in the evening to literally just do nothing. I will allow myself that time, even if it’s just two minutes, to relax and detox and concentrate on myself before the work I have to get done, or the people I have to talk to. Even the silly simple stuff does the trick when things get hectic!