According to the census, “45% of Australians aged 16-85 years have at some point in life experienced a mental illness. Yet 65% percent of people who are struggling mentally don’t take serious steps, especially men.” Everyone’s mental health varies during their life and can move back and forth along their own personal range between positive and healthy at one end through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life at the other. Therefore, it is important for men to take care of their mental well- being. Taking this into consideration, in South Australia we have decided to host a ‘National Symposium on Men and Mental Health'.
The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is Australia’s first mental health organisation, established in 1930 as the Victorian Council for Mental Hygiene. The MHFA prides itself in ongoing advocacy in the Mental Health Sector for over 90 years and has been at the forefront of many developments in the Australian and International Mental Health Movement. The MHFA has played a significant role in establishing the current network of services and support for Mental Health consumers. Many of the organisations now prominent in the Mental Health sector had their beginnings as a part of the MHFA or developed out of MHFA initiatives.