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HOW’S YOUR HEAD TODAY? CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Monday, 16 November 2020
The Morrison Government has rolled out a COVID-19 mental health campaign How’s your head today? to urge people to prioritise their mental health, raise awareness about how to identify when something is wrong, and encourage people to seek help.

The campaign has been launched on TV, radio, in shopping centres and venues, online and through social media and will continue through to next year.

Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, said that the campaign will be especially valuable to those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“In a multicultural area like Reid, being from a culturally or linguistically diverse background is one of the biggest barriers to accessing mental health support,” Dr Martin said.

“I am pleased that this campaign will be available in languages like Mandarin, Greek, Italian, Korean and Arabic so that this important mental health information is accessible to everyone in our community.”

“Having practised as a psychologist prior to entering Parliament, I’m proud to be a part of a Government that is committed to supporting the mental health of all Australians.”

The campaign will be provided in 15 languages across radio and print including Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Punjabi, Hindi, Khmer, Thai, Turkish, Persian and Macedonian.

COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of many people across the country.  Lifeline and Beyond Blue are reporting a significant increase in the number of people seeking help.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said, “Through this campaign, Australians are encouraged to make their mental health and wellbeing a priority. We want them to know support is available, when and where they need it.”

“I encourage all Australians to seek help if experiencing mental ill-health. Talk to your GP, reach out to Beyond Blue or Lifeline, or visit the Headtohealth.gov.au,” Minister Hunt said.

National Mental Health Commission CEO, Christine Morgan encouraged Australians to stay connected, and “walk together, side by side over the coming months.”

“Everyone has and may continue to have their mental health and wellbeing impacted by the pandemic. Whether you have an existing mental illness or have had your mental health challenged, it is important to seek support and treatment as a priority for your overall wellbeing – the support and treatment is available,” Ms Morgan said.

The Head to Health website has information, advice and links to free and low-cost phone and online mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations.

Head to Health has been an important resource supporting Australians especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and significant increased traffic has continued since March when a dedicated COVID area was introduced.

Between 20 March when the COVID-19 Support page went live and 26 October, there were 380,308 unique page views of the COVID-19 support pages on Head to Health.

The Morrison Government has allocated $10 million to support the How’s your head today? campaign. Since March 2020, the Government has made available more than $500 million in funding for direct supports to respond to the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with $10 million allocated to this national mental health communications campaign.

For information, advice and support services visit headtohealth.gov.au

Campaign materials are available at https://health.govcms.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-mental-health-campaign-resources

Media Contact | Vanessa Papastavros | 02 9715 7444 | Vanessa.Papastavros@aph.gov.au