Nearly half of Australians (45.5%) will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, including 20% over the last 12 months. With 2020 proving to be a particularly challenging year (to say the least), it has never been more important to take the time to start open, meaningful dialogues about mental health, and honestly assess your own mental wellbeing.
The good news is that the number of Australians seeking support continues to rise, with 4.3 million people receiving mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19. We want that positive trajectory to continue, ensuring everyone feels comfortable and supported accessing mental health support services.
With this in mind, we’re very excited to introduce Go1’s new Learning with Purpose initiative, in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on October 10th.
At Go1, we believe in lifelong learning, as well as learning as an avenue for positive social and mental wellbeing. So, in addition to donations and traditional corporate social responsibility, Go1 launched our Social Impact initiative in 2019. This initiative aims to enact positive, real-world change. The process is simple: we’re connecting workforces to learning created by organisations that are on the frontline of social change.
To achieve this, Go1 has partnered with leading organisations to train more than 300,000 people worldwide in domestic and family violence prevention and mental health awareness, providing over $250,000 AUD back to a range of NFP organisations.
With World Mental Health Day on the horizon, our Learning with Purpose initiative follows a simple, three-step method:
For more information about Go1’s Learning with Purpose initiative, be sure to check out our corporate social responsibility page.
Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th each year, with a stated purpose of “...[providing] an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.”
This year, we’re taking things a step further. During October, Go1 is placing a month-long spotlight on mental health to support this excellent cause, with the aim of reducing stigma, increasing awareness, and starting important conversations.
To promote mental health awareness, we have broken the month down into four key topics: Stigma, Self-Care, Crisis and Advising Others. To support these themes, we’ve created a number of helpful blog articles, including an in-depth guide for Developing your mental health self care plan as well as some practical tips for Reducing mental health stigma at work.
We’ll be publishing more mental health and wellbeing articles all throughout the month, so be sure to check back in with our blog regularly for more useful tips, resources, and expert advice!
All throughout October, we will also be hosting a number of live events to support mental health awareness via our Learning with Purpose initiative.
Follow the links below to learn more or register for each of these live events. See you there!
Finally, Go1 is offering a number of free courses throughout mental health month, which have been specially curated to support positive mental health and wellbeing. From sleep to self-care to simply taking some time to check in with your feelings, there’s something helpful for everyone.
Some of the highlights include:
To explore Go1’s entire free mental health awareness playlist, please visit the mental health month playlist and sign up to get started. You can also check out our corporate social responsibility page for more information on Go1’s Learning with Purpose initiative.
As always, please remember, if you are experiencing significant distress, you can reach out to Lifeline 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 for immediate support. If you, or anyone you know, is feeling suicidal you can also call the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 for immediate support.