Psychology and Allied Health Services

World Mental Health Day 2021 

10th October 2021 

Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality 

Mental health is essential to our overall well-being and as important as physical health. When we feel mentally well, we have positive relationships, can work productively, enjoy leisure time, and actively participate in our communities. During a pandemic, focusing on mental health is even more important than usual. Stress levels are high and some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected.  

This year, World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for those who work in mental health to talk about their work, and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. The Day provides all individuals of the community members with the chance to reflect on their own mental health and access supportive resources when required.  

This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign will showcase efforts made across the globe, as well as encouraging everyone to highlight positive stories as an inspiration to others. The World Mental Health Day Website has video testimonies from Mental Health workers in Mongolia, China and Australia. It also has resources for the public including a new story book to help children stay positive during COVID.   

Feeling anxious, afraid and stressed is normal during times of uncertainty. It is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical health and to seek help when required. 

We can look after our mental health by: 

  • connecting with others 
  • staying positive 
  • being physically active 
  • helping others 
  • getting enough sleep 
  • using coping strategies
  • getting professional help when needed 


Early Warning Signs of Low Mental Health include: 

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little 
  • Pulling back from people and usual activities 
  • Lack of energy 
  • Unexplained aches and pains 
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless 
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared 
  • Severe mood swings  
  • Persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head 
  • Being unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school 

If you think you or someone close to you is experiencing low mental health, it is important to be proactive and seek help. Our team at Minding Family Townsville would be happy to provide further support to you or a loved one to assist with managing stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns relating to mental health and wellbeing.  

Please contact us on 47 238 221 to discuss pathways for referral.