Odd Socks Day to tackle stigma and discrimination

| October 2, 2019

National mental health organisation, Grow Australia, is urging people to wear odd socks to work and in the community on Friday (4 October) as part of a campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination about mental health.

“Get involved – pull on a pair of odd socks and show that people struggling with their mental health are not alone,” National CEO of Grow, David Butt, said today.

“Mental illness is not something affecting ‘other people’ – anyone can have an odd day.”

Odd Socks Day was commenced by Grow in 2013 and now is celebrated on the Friday before Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day. In 2018, an estimated 500,000 people were connected to Odd Socks Day, and Grow is seeking to increase that engagement this year.

“Wearing Odd Socks is a great way to kick off action against stigma about mental ill-health and to raise awareness in the community, the workplace and in schools,” Mr Butt said.

“Stigma is still a major barrier to recovery. One in two Australians will experience mental health issues in their lifetime but many still do not seek help because of stigma and other barriers to access services.

“That is particularly the case in rural and remote areas, and with other groups at higher risk.

“So we are urging people to wear a pair of odd socks this Friday, hold an event and show your support for the community. Seeking help early and having the assistance and understanding from family, friends and work colleagues are essential aspects to wellbeing and recovery.

Odd Socks Day is a National Mental Health Campaign developed and run by Grow Australia which encourages Australians to wear odd socks to show that anyone can have an odd day. Get involved at grow.org.au/oddsocksday #OSD2019