Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Ku-ring-gai Urged To 'Share The Journey' To Improve Mental Health

Alister with volunteers from Lifeline H2H

People living in Ku-ring-gai are being urged to check in with friends, family and colleagues during Mental Health Month this October.

“In the face of busy lives and conflicting priorities, I encourage the Ku-ring-gai community to focus on mental wellbeing this October, even if we ourselves have not suffered from mental illness,” State Member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens SC MP, said.

The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is ‘Share the Journey’, to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health.

“Maintaining good relationships can improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges and help build resilience in trying times,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies, said 45 per cent of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those who don’t will likely know someone who does.

“Providing the right supports and promoting the best possible recovery from mental illness is a priority for the NSW Government, so people with mental illness, their families and carers can live life to the full,” Mrs Davies said.

“I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work of organisations and individuals in Ku-ring-gai, such as KYDS Youth Development Service and Lifeline, who are at the forefront of making a difference in the lives of people living with a mental illness.”

The NSW Government is investing a record $1.9 billion for mental health funding in the 2017/18 Budget, including an additional $20 million to support the ongoing strengthening of community-based mental health care in NSW.

For details on events and activities being held in Ku-ring-gai during Mental Health Month this October please visit:

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.