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 2020 is Saturday 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 this 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 previous calendar to find out more information. 


Our theme


The theme for Mental Health Month in the ACT each year is provided by a local individual, school or organisation. 

The 2019 Mental Health Month theme for ACT was 'Conversations and Connection’.

This theme was submitted by XTend Life and Behavioural Coaching Canberra.

Intentional conversations are crucial to support mental health and wellbeing and reinforce the notion that we are not alone. Feeling connected to each other and our communities builds confidence, gives us a sense of belonging and brings meaning to our lives.

Join the local conversation online by using the hashtag #mentalhealthmonthact and show us how you are connecting with our community and having important conversations.

















2018 Theme

The theme for Mental Health Month 2018 in the ACT was 'Identity & Growth'. 
The theme was suggested by Hawker College, Canberra and means knowing who you are, accepting the past, and growing into your future. Mental illness should never define us, it is one small part of the person we are. It can't stop us from accomplishing everything we want to achieve. We need to be able to say "I'm me, I'm okay with me, I wouldn't change a thing".


We thank community for their contribution of theme ideas for Mental Health Month 2018.  

This year the ACT theme for Mental Health Month ‘Conversations and Connection’ was suggested by XTend Yourself Coaching and Counselling and asks us to consider how we can better connect and have meaningful conversations with those around us. Feeling connected to each other and our communities reduces the feedling of loneliness which ultimately improves our mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Month ACT 2018 Theme
Mental Health Month Theme - 2018

Hawker College has a fantastic Mental Health Student Action Group. This incredible group of students has been working with our event photographer Caitlin Welch to create a series of videos discussing mental health. In this moving video Chloe and Zac highlight the 2018 Mental Health Month ACT theme 'Identity & Growth' and hashtag #iwouldntchangeathing and share with us what the theme means to them.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hawker College for our 2018 theme and Caitlin for generously donating her time to shoot and edit the videos and provide videography workshops for the students.


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


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

If this site has raised any concerns, call Lifeline on 13 11 14


Mental Health Month ACT is coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT)

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