World Mental Health Day 2021

Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality

World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and pushes to recognise and encourage efforts in support of mental health.

There are over 76,000 mental health professionals across Australia, including psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, mental health social workers, mental health nurses, liaison officers, non-clinical workers, and Lived Experience and peer workers.

From late 2019 until now, people living in Australia have gone through some truly challenging situations, such as never before seen bushfires, flooding and a global pandemic. Our mental health force is working around the clock to bring us support and keep us safe.

While the circumstances have been far from ideal, it has also meant that the focus on mental health has been greater than ever. People living in Australia are more educated on mental health issues than ever before, which helps to reduce stigma and helps us engage in constructive conversations with those around us about how we’re going. Our local, state, and federal governments have also recognised the need to scale up our mental health provisions, resulting in more funding, more services and better health outcomes for all.

World Mental Health Day Heroes

In Australia, the National Mental Health Commission will recognise the outstanding work of the Mental Health Workforce in keeping Australians safe.

Their campaign Mental Health Heroes #WMHDHeroes would like to thank our mental health workforce for their dedication to their profession and outstanding commitment to the mental health of Australians over the last 18 months. They are heroes and help in saving lives, making a positive change during a difficult time.

If you know a mental health hero, you can nominate them via the National Mental Health Commission website.

Mental Health Resources

Internal Support

  • Visit the Student Health and Wellbeing Facebook page for more mental health resources shared over the last week, and up-to-date information about health and wellbeing at La Trobe.
  • Visit the Student Health and Wellbeing website for information about our services, including our free Counselling service, or our visit our Resource Hub.
  • Call the Wellbeing Resource Centre to have a chat to our Student Wellbeing Advisors for more wellbeing advice and Wellbeing Service information.
  • La Trobe University Out-of-Hours Crisis Line, call: 1300 146 307 or text: 0488 884 100 for emergency support. (5.00 pm–9.00 am weekdays, 24 hours including weekends and public holidays).

External Support

Visit our Facebook page for resources shared over the last week for mental health.