2016 Mental Health Week Launch

Mental Health Week 2016

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October.


In 2016, Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th October.


The Launch will be held on Tuesday, 11th of October at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square.


We are pleased to announce that this year, the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) will be joined by MC George Donikian (Former news presenter for the Nine Network and Network Ten), along with Key Note Speaker, Jason Ball (LGBTIQ and Mental Health advocate & 2016 Greens Candidate for Higgins).


Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state, including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.

From its beginnings in 1985, the week has grown to encompass hundreds of events, organised by a multitude of individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state.

Much of the effort of running Mental Health Week comes from dedicated volunteers committed to promoting mental wellbeing, furthering knowledge about mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.

As co-ordinator of Mental Health Week in Victoria, the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) is delighted to have the active involvement and participation of state and federal governments, as well as non-government organisations and community-based health and social impact agencies. We are pleased to be sharing the Week with the Victorian Government, along with many other mental health, health, education, recreation, and support agencies.


Mental Health Week 2016 Poster featuring winning entry for the art competition
'Cherish Hope' by Rowena Schroeder.