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

The 2019-2020 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.
















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.


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.

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

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