Today, on World Mental Health Day, we shed light on the importance of looking after your mental health. Whether it’s through self-care, connecting with others, or engaging in activities that bring you peace, today is the perfect day to prioritise your mental wellbeing.
Mental health is an integral part of our overall health and wellbeing. However, recent statistics provided by ABS remind us that many individuals around the world, including in Australia, face challenges related to their mental health.
In Australia alone, a staggering 42.9% of people aged 16 to 85 years have experienced mental health issues at some point in their lives. These statistics are a reminder that we must collectively work towards creating a society that not only recognises the importance of mental health but also provides support and understanding to those who need it.
Volunteering Australia is proud to stand alongside Mental Health Australia during Mental Health Month. We support their vision of a stigma-free society where individuals with mental health issues can seek help and support without fear or judgment.
Volunteering plays a significant role in promoting mental wellbeing, and here’s why:
Sense of Purpose: Volunteering gives individuals a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When you dedicate your time and efforts to helping others, it can boost your self-esteem and provide a profound sense of accomplishment.
Connection and Social Support: Volunteering often involves working with others, creating opportunities for social connection and support. These connections can be invaluable for combating feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Stress Reduction: Engaging in volunteer work can reduce stress levels. Focusing on the needs of others can shift your focus away from your own worries and anxieties, providing a welcome mental respite.
Increased Happiness: The act of giving through volunteering can trigger the release of “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, such as dopamine and endorphins, which can boost your overall mood and happiness.
Building Resilience: Volunteering can also help individuals build resilience by exposing them to diverse experiences and challenges. Overcoming these challenges can contribute to improved mental strength.
This World Mental Health Day, consider exploring volunteer opportunities in your community. Not only will you be making a positive impact on the lives of others, but you’ll also be taking a meaningful step towards enhancing your own mental health.