Mental Health Week 2020: All About Community

Mental Health Week can be difficult for some, especially during COVID-19.If you have lived experience of mental and/or emotional distress and would benefit from a peer-based connection and support program, please give CHECK-IN a call on 1800 845 009. Click here to find out more.

Communities are important for people living with emotional or mental distress, whether it’s the community we live in, our chosen family, our community of interest, or our community of practice. When working well, being part of a community can have a positive effect on our mental health and emotional wellbeing, as well as be our main support system for recovery. When it’s not working well, lack of support from our community can have a detrimental effect.

From research we have conducted around the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 on people’s mental health across Victoria, three quarters of respondents stated they were receiving their mental health support from friends and family. When asked what had been helpful to them, 41% stated connecting with others, 34% said working or studying, and 27% stated hobbies. When asked what further support VMIAC could give, 41% wanted community workshops or social activities, whilst 35% stated webinars and workshops about mental health.

We understand the importance of community, especially during this time, therefore we have lined up a series of activities for Mental Health Week, all about community.