World Mental Health Day

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Message from the Acting CEO Paul McCormack

Welcome to World Mental Health Day 2023. 

10 October, World Mental Health Day, is an important day to acknowledge people in our community who are impacted by mental ill-health. 
While relatively new to the Commission, the important work it does is close to my heart and, like many of my colleagues both at the Commission and across the mental health system, I have a deep appreciation and care for people with lived and living experience of mental health conditions, and their families.  

This month our challenge in the mental health system is to improve knowledge, raise awareness and take actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health - both on World Mental Health Day and throughout Mental Health Month in Australia.  The international theme this year focuses on how ‘mental health is a universal human right’. This means that everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health.  

To truly support those with lived and living experience, we need to continue to foster human rights for all, and support those who are most vulnerable, such as children and people from minority population groups who face additional barriers. 

Tragically, the data shows that people with mental health conditions are disproportionately likely to experience physical health conditions and reduced life expectancy. Access to integrated care and wellbeing support is essential for change to help all Australian live the life they want, with meaning and purpose. 

I’d also like to acknowledge the vital role provided by carers, family members, service providers, advocates, and practitioners in supporting and caring for those with mental health conditions. Their contribution and support is invaluable. 

Why not join the discussion with the Australian Human Rights Commission and BEING to find out more about how mental health is a universal human right by registering for their online event on 17 October 2023?.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.