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Mental health throughout our lifetime

Published: 8th October 2021

Did you know that one in five Australians have a mental health condition?

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Good mental health starts as soon as we are born. WA Mental Health Week 2021 highlights the importance mental health in children and emphasises the significance of how our early years affects mental wellbeing throughout our lifetime. 

Channelling your inner child  

The inner child is understood to be the part of us that holds all the emotions and memories from our childhood and influences our decisions throughout lifetime.  

This Mental Health Week, we are asking you to channel your inner child. Think about ‘little you’ and the things you needed as a child to feel happy, safe and supported.  

Channelling your inner child could mean visiting places you loved going to, buying something you always wanted, being creative by painting or crafting, writing a letter to your younger self with positive affirmations, cooking your favourite meal, going for a walk, or watching a movie you’ve always loved.  

Participating in these positive activities builds your curiosity, imagination, compassion and excitement for new opportunities.  

To help you get in touch with your inner child, Murdoch University is running a series of fun and informative events on campus.  


Read more about the activities we have on campus.


Where to get help 

It’s important to ensure our own minds are mentally healthy. Part of helping others, is also about learning how to help ourselves.  

To look after your own mental health, it is important to know what resources are available to you and we encourage you to access the free Murdoch University Counselling Service on campus.

You can also get help from: 

  • Crisis Care Helpline: Call +61 8 9223 1111
  • Lifeline: Call 13 11 14
  • Mental Health Emergency Response Team: Call Metro region 1300 555 788 (local call) or Call Peel region 1800 676 822 (free call)
  • Samaritans Youth Line: Call Helpline 134 247 or Call Youth line 1800 198 313
  • Beyond Blue: Call 1300 22 4636
  • headspace Fremantle: Call +61 8 9431 7453 
  • Or see your GP