2023 Mental Health Awareness Month – embracing positive mental health 

October not only brings the promise of warmer weather and longer daylight hours but it’s also an opportunity reflect on a very important topic – mental health.  

This October, it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time to embark on a journey of self-awareness, empathy, support and education surrounding mental health.  

Why mental health matters 

Mental health is the foundation of our overall well-being, influencing every facet of our lives. It shapes our thoughts, feelings, and actions, impacting how we navigate the world around us. Yet, it is often a topic suffered in silence and it’s time for change.  

Whether you have lived experience of mental illness or not, we support hundreds of participants that suffer from poor mental health. With improved education, understanding and empathy we can better support those who need it.  

The power of awareness

Awareness is the first step towards opening the door to freely talk about mental health. By acknowledging the importance of mental health, we empower ourselves and those around us to seek help when needed, offer support to those in need and create a culture of empathy and understanding.

Did you know?

Over 2 in 5 (44%, or 8.6 million) Australians aged 16–85 are estimated to have experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life. 

Anxiety disorders (such as Social Phobia) are the most common type of disorder, affecting 1 in 6 (17%, or 3.3 million) Australians. 

Affective disorders (such as Depressive Episode) are the second most common type of mental health disorder, affecting 8% of the Australian population. 

Statistics published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2023 

Substance Use disorders (such as  Alcohol Dependence) affect 3% of Australians. 

Almost 1 in 7 (14%) children and adolescents aged 4–17 years are estimated to have experienced a mental illness in the previous 12 months. 

5% or 800,000 people are estimated to have a severe mental illness, of which 500,000 people have episodic mental illness and 300,000 have persistent mental illness. 

Mental health resources and support services for you, family, friends, and participants:

Beyond Blue 
Anxiety, depression and suicide prevention support
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National Youth Mental Health Foundation 
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R U OK? 
A conversation could change a life
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Black Dog Institute
Science. Compassion. Action. 
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Start a conversation

This October, we encourage you to start a conversation about mental health, together we can break down barriers.  

The conversation starts here, if you are struggling with mental health and need support to find meaningful work let’s talk.

Connect with CVGT Employment today on 132 848 or visit cvgt.com.au to find out more.   

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