About Mental Health Month

What is Mental Health Month?

Mental Health Month is an annual event celebrated in over 100 countries in an effort to raise community awareness and understanding of mental illness, reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day is 10 October. 

When is Mental Health Month in the ACT?

Mental Health Month in the ACT runs throughout the month of October. 

There are many ways you can get involved in Mental Health Month in October as an organisation or individual. Click here to see how you can be involved. 

Many local Canberra groups and organisations will hold a variety of events in the ACT throughout October. Take a look at our calendar to find out more information. 


ACT Mental Health Month Theme 

The 2021 Mental Health Month theme for ACT is 'Navigate Your Mental Health’.

‘Navigate your mental health’ is about how we can guide our journey using tools and resources such as self-care for wellbeing, communication about support needs and connection to support persons and service providers.

In 2020 it became apparent from consumer and public feedback that people had challenges in knowing how to seek help for themselves, or to support people in their lives who were having mental health issues. 

Through the 2021 theme we will explore maintaining positive mental health, access to services, talking about mental health, and how to support each other on this journey.

Join the local conversation online by using the hashtag #mentalhealthmonthact and show us how you are navigating your mental health.


The MHM Dogs have been navigating their own mental health journey - all across Canberra!

Thanks to Transport Canberra the MHM dogs have been spreading the message from the back of two Action buses as they navigate around Canberra - keep an eye out for them!

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Funding Body


Mental Health Month is funded by:

ACT Health



Coordinating Body


Mental Health Month is coordinated and partially funded by:

Mental Health Community Coalition ACT

Community Partners

Mental Health Month would not be possible without the support of the following organisations.

ACT Government Health
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT)
ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (ACT MHCN)

Corporate Partners


Our media and corporate partners help us bring Mental Health Month to the ACT each year. 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner of Mental Health Month ACT please contact communications@mhccact.org.au

We thank the following media and corporate partners for their commitment to promoting positive mental health and reducing stigma associated with ill mental health in our local community. 

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