WA Mental Health Week 2021 puts the emphasis on early childhood

WA Mental Health Week 2021 puts the emphasis on early childhood

by Freya Lucas

October 12, 2021

For Mental Health Week 2021, the Western Australian Government is placing the focus on children’s wellbeing highlighting the theme ‘mental health starts with our children’.

 

WA residents are encouraged to take part in activities being held across the state which showcase the support and resources available to help them nurture children’s mental health and wellbeing. 

 

“Early childhood is a critical time for brain development and functioning,” a government spokesperson said. 

 

“Childhood experiences build the foundations of lifelong resilience, social and emotional wellbeing, and self-esteem. These are key for children to develop into compassionate, confident people.”

 

“This is also an ideal opportunity for everyone to stop, think and choose to make their own mental health a priority. This allows us to take better care of the people around us, including our children.”

 

Mental Health Week is also an ideal time to celebrate the dedicated professionals who form WA’s mental health workforce, including psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, mental health social workers, mental health nurses and liaison officers, non-clinical workers and lived experience and peer workers, educators, early learning professionals, social workers, youth workers, carers and community leaders, the spokesperson said. 

 

For practical resources and helpful tips to support children, or to find a local Mental Health Week event, visit http://www.mentalhealthweek.org.au

 

For mental health and wellbeing information go to http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au

  

For immediate support call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 for free counselling. In a crisis situation call Lifeline on 13 11 14. In a medical emergency call 000.

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