Date posted: 27/09/2022

Advocate Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness is a global event celebrated in Australia and New Zealand that aims to improve community awareness and promote better mental health and wellbeing for all.

In brief

  • In Australia, National Mental Health Month is celebrated 1 – 31 October each year
  • In New Zealand, Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place on 26 September – 2 October 2022
  • Take the time to connect with yourself, your fellow CAs, and your communities to support each other’s wellbeing

In a recent CA ANZ survey*, 59% of members say their mental health has decreased since the start of the pandemic, with the root cause being a poor work/life balance, and constant changes and uncertainty.  40% of members who are struggling with their mental health have not accessed help over the past 2 years, however over 95% have stated they would benefit from wellbeing support.*

It is important to acknowledge that everyone experiences difficult times, and sometimes you might struggle with your mental health and wellbeing. Knowing that there is help available during these times can make a difference.

World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October each year, and is accompanied by further awareness opportunities across Australia and New Zealand.

In New Zealand, Mental Health Awareness Week will be held on 26 September – 2 October 2022 and the theme is ‘Reconnect - with the people and places that lift you up’.  

The Australian National Mental Health Month runs throughout October and is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia.  This year’s theme  is ‘Building Resilience: Communities and Connections’.

CA ANZ marks Mental Health Awareness each year with various events across Australia and New Zealand and encourages members to get involved by taking the time to connect or reconnect with themselves, fellow CAs and their communities.  Feeling connected to the people and places that are important to us can transform our mental health. 

Whilst CA ANZ celebrate Mental Health Awareness at the same time each year, please visit our CA Wellbeing page at anytime or reach out to our Member Support Team should you or someone you care about needs support.

*CA ANZ Member Wellbeing Survey, March 2022

We believe an important part of our role as your professional body is to support the mental wellbeing of our members, and to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to deal with mental health challenges faced by your clients, colleagues, team members and other stakeholders.
Kate Boorer FCA, President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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