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Pull up your Odd Socks and stop stigma knocking Australians off their feet.

August 14, 2017 7:46 am Published by

With 25 per cent of Australians experiencing mental illness at some point in their life, mental illness will affect every person, community, and workplace.

Grow, a national organisation that runs peer-support programs for mental health, and its patron, The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) want you to join the stampede.

One in two of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives, and one in five will experience a mental illness in any year. Currently, mental disorders account for 13.3% of Australia’s total burden of disease and injury and are estimated to cost the Australian economy $20bn annually in lost productivity and labour participation. The cost to businesses for depression alone is $12.3bn a year, including costs associated with absenteeism and staff turnover.

Mental health advocate and CEO of Grow, Clare Guilfoyle believes we should stop treating people with mental illness differently and encourage them to talk about their issues like we would with any illness.

“Very few of us are comfortable speaking about mental health, and yet it’s so common.

“People with a mental illness want the same things as everyone else – a home, a job and a life worth living."

“Stigma has a devastating impact on the lives of people with a mental illness and their families and friends. It stops people from getting help and recovering.”

Odd Socks Day is part of a campaign to remind people that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, it could be a parent, or a brother or sister, a friend, or a work colleague.

On ‘Odd socks day’ don a pair of odd socks, donate and show that you want to help Australians with mental illness land on their feet.

Visit www.oddsocksday.org.au for more information.