Positive outlook the key for new mental health campaign

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Health Minister Roger Cook hopes everyone will find ways to be positive, connected and active during this time.
Camera IconHealth Minister Roger Cook hopes everyone will find ways to be positive, connected and active during this time. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Positivity and self-care are the focus of the new State Government mental health campaign to provide more support during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Think Mental Health campaign promotes wellbeing strategies and provides ways West Australians can support each other, as well as where they can get further help if required.

South West Wellbeing Centre manager and psychologist Jay Anderson said the campaign was a great opportunity for the community to refresh its skills in self-care strategies and build resilience.

In particular, it’s a great time for all members of our community to immerse themselves in nature and in other relaxation techniques.

Jay Anderson

Mrs Anderson said it was important for people to manage their mental and emotional health as well as their physical health.

“This means being able to do the things you enjoy, continuing with special interests and maintaining contact with friends and family, where appropriate,” she said.

“The Government’s mental health initiatives are vital in assisting people to be more aware of strategies that can assist, or in accessing professionals who have skills and expertise in this area.

The role of psychologists and counsellors is also vital in assisting our community to get through these challenging times.

Jay Anderson

Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said protecting West Australians was a priority.

“We recognise that there is continuing community concern in relation to COVID-19 and the related mental health impacts,” Mr Cook said.

“Ultimately we want to reduce worry and stressors in the population as we know this can lead to long-term consequences within communities and families.”

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