Mental Health in the Wake of COVID-19

  • 22 October 2020

In support of Mental Health Week and this year’s theme,  Strengthening Our Community – Live, Learn, Work, Play –  Auspire  Australia Day Council of WA hosted close to 230 guests at its Mental Health Week Breakfast at Frasers Kings Park. Joining live from Melbourne, Professor Patrick McGorry AO and 2010 Australian of the Year, focused on the current state of mental health in our communities, and explored how we could improve connection and well-being in the wake of COVID-19.

According to Professor Patrick McGorry and recent Orygen research, there has been a 32% increase in people seeking mental health care since the start of COVID-19, which highlights the need for more support services to fight against the mental health crisis gripping the nation.

Supporting Professor McGorry on the live video feed, was a stellar line-up of in-person panellists from the Mental Health and Wellness space including Ashlee Harrison, founder of Zero2Hero; Donna Lawrence Clinical Psychologist and Head of Wellbeing, Safety and Injury Management of St John WA; Julian Pace, founder of Happiness Co and event emcee, Tracy Vo from 9News Perth. Together they delved deep into current factors that exacerbated mental health issues such as social pressure and what we can do to raise awareness preparing ourselves and the people around us by building mental resilience. With a topic so close to everyone’s heart, the session provided an opportunity for attendees to raise difficult questions on mental health, leaving many with a sense of urgency to reach out to someone who may be struggling.

This event was made possible with the support of Event Partner, St John WA. Event Supporter My Mirror and National Diversity and Inclusion Partner of the Australian of the Year Awards, Chevron Australia.

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