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possibly can be for the next storm season and for future fire seasons. I thank them
also for the support that they offered to New South Wales during the floods earlier this year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mental health—Mental Health Month

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.29): This week is recognised as Mental Health Week. Monday was World Mental Health Day, and the month of October is recognised as Mental Health Month in the ACT.

It is very important that we remember that someone who is experiencing mental health conditions has a very full life with connections throughout our community—recognising all of the things that we heard about Brontë Haskins this morning while her parents were in here—and make sure that we are looking at the whole person and how we can best support each other in our community.

The ACT government is proud to partner with Mental Health Community Coalition ACT to coordinate events throughout October to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing, reduce mental health stigma and promote the mental health and wellbeing of the ACT community. I want to thank Mental Health Community Coalition for its work in supporting the ACT community and its coordination of these events, including the launch event on Saturday 8 October and the Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo on Sunday 9 October.

Mental Health Month is an opportunity to recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing in every aspect of our community and as individuals. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Month is Awareness, Belonging, and Connection. Awareness recognises the importance of being aware of our own mental health and wellbeing as well as that of our family, friends and colleagues, and that we all sometimes need support. Belonging recognises that by fostering a sense of belonging and feeling safe and supported, we can look out for one another and encourage seeking help and early intervention when we need it. Connection recognises that the mental health and wellbeing of our community, and in turn our own, is strengthened through connection with others in our wider school, work, family and community networks.

Mental Health Month and the theme of Awareness, Belonging and Connection provides us all with the opportunity to reflect on how we can best support others towards improved mental health and wellbeing, and how we can foster our own positive mental health and wellbeing.

This Mental Health Month, I would like to recognise the ACT mental health sector, who support the community towards better mental health and wellbeing, and that includes the advocacy of Janine Haskins through the Mental Health Advisory Council and through her advocacy to government on how we can improve services.

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