AN act of kindness to someone you know could be the key to improving your own mental health and the mental health of those around you according to doctor Russell Roberts.
Dr Roberts, who is the director of mental health drug and alcohol services for Western NSW Local Health District, says kindness sparks a number of responses in both the giver and receiver and Mental Health Month which starts tomorrow is the ideal time to focus on acts of kindness.
“When we practise kindness in our daily lives, even the smallest act can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and those around us,” he said.
“Kindness brings us all closer and strengthens our networks,” he said.
Dr Roberts said during Mental Health Month which starts tomorrow people in the community are encouraged to access a range of fun and innovative activities to help raise awareness of mental health issues in the community.
“This month there is everything from movie nights and information stalls, to barbecues and community event as well as mental health first aid training, and entertainment, to name just a few,” he said.
Dr Roberts said anyone who is having trouble dealing with stress in their life is invited to go to the foyer of Orange hospital on Tuesday, October 22 between 9.30am and 12.30pm to get information on strategies to deal with the management of stress in their lives.
Anyone with concerns about their mental health or that of a loved one should call the mental health line on free call 1800 011 511 or contact their general practitioner.