Wandjoo Place Mental Health Week Event

The VCI, along with a slew of other passionate organisations and individuals, celebrated Mental Health Week this year with a stall at the Wandjoo Place family fun day.

Our craft table provided an excellent mindfulness activity, and our paper plate animals were a big hit!

The day was a huge success with hundreds of kids and adults walking away with free copies of our Four Pillar children’s books.

Mental Health Week is a prime opportunity to address and highlight the important connection between social determinants and mental health; and promote effective strategies to keep people mentally healthy.

This year’s theme ‘Mental health starts with our children’, recognises how a persons mental health reflects the interaction of a lifetime of individual and lifestyle factors with a range of environmental, community and family risk factors. For both children and adults, taking care of basic needs for shelter, food, warmth and rest are essential to mental wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for managing our mental health. With homes going into lockdown across the nation to help flatten the coronavirus curve, many stressors have been potentially felt by children and young people, putting them at risk of mental ill-health.

Calls to the Kids Helpline by children as young as five have increased by 200 per cent in the first six months of 2021, as compared with the same time last year. The overall number of answered calls requesting counselling support has also increased across every age bracket.

“How we raise, educate, support, play, talk to, engage and influence children in their formative years has a lasting impact on a person’s mental wellbeing long into adulthood.”