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Home > News > 2019 > October > Take time for mental health

Take time for mental health

Topics : Member advice

Mental_Health_Day.pngMental Health Week is held from the 5-13 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year’s theme is “take time for mental health”.

Taking time is about taking a moment to do some of the simple things anyone can do to boost their mental wellbeing. Take time is also about breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and reaching out to people in our communities who need support. Let’s take time for mental health together — at home, at work, and in our personal time.

According to a 2012 University of South Australia study into the workload and wellbeing of teachers, 42% of teachers say they feel extremely tired or completely exhausted at the end of the day. When looking at the statistics across the working public in Australia, these figures drop down to one third of full-time workers feeling the same way.

With the majority of our members reporting that they are struggling to balance their increasing workload, school and parental expectations, it is more important than ever for members to “take time” to focus on their mental health.

Take Time for Mental Health - with these six steps

The Queensland Government suggests that we focus on mental health using these six steps:  


Who can I talk to?

If you are concerned about your mental wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a colleague, enquire about whether your school has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff or contact Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.