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Odd socks to help mental health

West Australians are being urged to wear odd socks tomorrow in a bid to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mental health advocate Grow will hold its annual Odd Socks Day tomorrow to coincide with Mental Health Week.

The community-based health organisation, which was founded in Sydney in 1957, said the simple act of wearing odd socks would hopefully prompt conversations about mental health.

“We’re trying to reduce stigma of mental illness and suicide,” volunteer project officer Barbara Alcock said.

“When we talk about our own issues it helps us to accept our problems, but it also lets other people know there are so many other people out there that understand.”

Mental Health Week runs from tomorrow until October 10 and aims to encourage people to seek help with a free, confidential service.

The WA Mental Health Commission said Mental Health Week raised awareness in the community and was held annually to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

“The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing… and (increase) mental health recovery,” the commission said.

The WA Association for Mental Health said one in two Australians would experience a mental illness during their lives.

Grow said the program was not a quick fix, but acceptance and recovery often came when people talked about their issues.

“We have to accept our situation and we have to try and help people understand what’s happening to us,” Ms Alcock said.

“Talk about your problems, come get some help, there’s so much help out there, just don’t be shy.”

For more information visit oddsocksday.org.au. Anyone in need of help can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 

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