Mental health month is the time to "tune in"

Mental health month is celebrated every year in October. This a time for all of us to "tune in" and think about our mental health and wellbeing.

Sun, 23 Oct 2022,
posted by City of Sydney

Research shows that people who exercise regularly see increased benefits in their mental health and emotional wellbeing, and lower rates of mental illness.

Australia’s physical activity and sedentary guidelines recommend adults should be active most days and participate in 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate physical activity per week.

Our pools and fitness centres provide a range of opportunities to participate in physical activity.

50% of 360 members identify that mental health reasons and stress relief are primary reasons for becoming a 360 member.

360 member and patron of Victoria Park Pool, Paul LaCava has been through a time of depression and isolation and found a way to enjoy life again and love himself.

One of the helpful tools for him was exercising with a group of people he met through New Horizons, a not-for-profit organisation focused on wellbeing and inclusion.

Stories from people he met through the exercise group helped and inspired him. He is now committed to inspire others. Watch Paul’s short story now

We spoke to Jill Schmidt-Lindner, counsellor, psychotherapist and a board member at Mandala Community Counselling Service, which is located across the street from Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. She explained why exercise is important for mental health.

If you feel you need support, here are some resources you can reach out to

  • Beyondblue - support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 1300 22 46 36
  • Domestic Violence Line - a free call service that provides support to women with or without children - who are experiencing partner or ex-partner violence. All calls to the Domestic Violence Line are answered by female workers 1800 65 64 63
  • Kids Help Line - 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. 1800 55 1800 website
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Mens line Australia - MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men anywhere, anytime 1300 78 99 78
  • NSW Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511
  • WayAhead– Mental Heath Association NSW 1300 794 991 wayaheaddirectory.org.au
  • ReachOut - helps you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, au.reachout.com
  • NewHorizons - wellbeing support - website

Other local mental health services;

  • Uniting Counselling and Mediation Sydney - 1800 864 846 website
  • Older People's Mental Health Service - 0410 602 039 website
  • Mandala Community Counselling Service Inc. 02 8250 8865 website
  • Women's and Girl's Emergency Centre - 02 9319 4088 website
  • Head to Health - 1800 595 212 website
  • SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263 (1800 18 SANE)