In 2011, Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th October. World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October. Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.
From its beginnings in 1985, the week has grown to encompass hundreds of events and a multitude of individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state.
Much of the effort of running Mental Health Week comes from dedicated volunteers committed to promoting mental wellbeing, furthering knowledge about mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.
As co-ordinator of Mental Health Week in Victoria, the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Vic) has the active involvement and participation of state and federal governments, as well as non-government organisations and communty-based health and social impact agencies. They are sharing the Week with the Victorian Government, along with many other mental health, health, education, recreation and support agencies.
If you would like more information about Mental Health Week 2011 or to see the Events list in Victoria go to http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.au/index.php?id=8.