08 October 2018


The theme for Mental Health Week 2018 is:

Mind Your Health.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Let’s take care of it together.

Mental Health Week is an annual national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October 2018.

The Public Service Association (PSA) has members working in various roles in public sector child and adolescent, adult and older persons mental health across metropolitan Adelaide and our country regions. These roles include Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Administration, Lived Experience (Consumer Consultants and Carer Consultants), Allied Health Assistants, Community Rehabilitation Workers, Clinical Support Workers, Forensic Court and Victim Services and Management.

All of those members provide essential services to people living with mental health issues and their families and friends, not just when unwell, but in maintaining all aspects of a healthy life. Their work also includes awareness raising and education around prevention and early intervention.

The PSA thanks all of those members for the critical role they play in our community.

All PSA members are encouraged to have a look at the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) Mental Health Week website.

This year the MHCSA is promoting a 5 Day Workplace Challenge which the PSA encourages all members to undertake:

Day 1: Have a mental health break over lunch
Day 2: Share your morning tea break
Day 3: Get physical
Day 4: Leave work at work
Day 5: Celebrate You!

There are also various events in both metropolitan Adelaide and country regions during this week, including:

  • Monday 8 October - Lunch in the Square - 11:00am – 2:00pm , Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide – with activities, arts and craft, food trucks, yard games and music
  • Wednesday 10 October – Carnival in the North – 10:00am – 1:00pm, Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth – a free event showcasing the skills and talents of people living with a mental illness, as well as providing information and activities to raise community awareness of issues related to mental illness.

Event information, including an event calendar, and the Mental Health Week poster can be found on the Mental Health Week website.