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National Mental Health Commission Update
16 December 2020

#MakingTime this summer

The National Mental Health Commission (The Commission) today launched #MakingTime – a national conversation championed by people living with mental illness, and those who care for them, to support each other’s mental health and wellbeing over summer, after a year of unprecedented challenges.

#MakingTime calls on those living with mental illness, those who care for them, and those experiencing mental distress to share their first-hand stories on what has helped them on their toughest days, and how they will be making time to care for their mental health over summer and the festive season.

National Mental Health Commission CEO, Ms Christine Morgan, said Australians living with mental illness and their carers had been significantly affected by the impacts of drought, bushfires, floods, and the global coronavirus pandemic. They have faced challenges to their normal routines and supports for their lives. In some cases, they have experienced an increase to the severity of their illness and have needed to seek additional support and treatment.

“In a year where we have all been challenged in different ways, those living with mental ill health or impacted by trauma can not only help others in a similar situation understand how to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing but can help them appreciate the need to make time for the things that help us respond to daily challenges,” said Ms Morgan.

“MakingTime has been developed in collaboration with people with a lived experience of mental ill health, their carers, and with our country’s leading mental health organisations. There is no question that this past year has taken, and continues to take, a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. We can all learn some helpful and insightful lessons from fellow Australians about how to make time for our mental health and wellbeing.”


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What are you #MakingTime for this summer?

#MakingTime for our mental health looks different for everyone. We want to hear what you have made time for during difficult moments or will make time for over the summer period to support your mental health. Visit our website to get involved and see how your fellow Australians are #MakingTime this summer.

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