Wear odd socks October 8 to help stamp out the stigma

"By wearing a pair of odd socks you're on your way to starting the conversation about mental wellbeing and how everyone can have an odd day." Photo: Shutterstock.

GROW's annual awareness event Odd Socks Day is taking place again this year on Friday October 8.

GROW describe themselves as "a community-based organisation that has helped thousands of Australians with their recovery from mental ill-health through a program of mutual support and personal development."

GROW has been holding its national Odd Socks Day since 2013, "and each year we see an increase in the number of people taking part, sharing our content on social media, and donating to help us stamp out the stigma and discrimination which so often surrounds mental ill-health," a spokesperson said.

"The statistics are very confronting," they continued.

"As we know, one in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime, one quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition, and one in eight Australians is currently experiencing high or very high psychological distress.

"GROW Australia's Odd Socks Day is an important opportunity to show people who are struggling with their mental health that they are not alone.

"It's aim is to help start the conversation about mental ill-health and to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

"Odd Socks Day provides a wonderful opportunity to participate and help to continue to build a caring and sharing community."

Odd Socks Day activities will take place around the country.

As such, GROW is encouraging everyone to wear odd socks on Friday October 8.

"It's a fun way to help raise awareness of mental health issues and help to stamp out the stigma around mental ill-health.

"By wearing a pair of odd socks you're on your way to starting the conversation about mental wellbeing and how everyone can have an odd day. Just post and tag your pic to #OSD2021 to be shared on facebook.com/oddsocksau."

Additionally, GROW will be hosting an Australia-wide online event that will discuss why it's OK to be not OK, while showcasing the services of GROW. You can register for this via Eventbrite using this URL: bit.ly/3CsHYx5

As a new feature this year GROW has also launched a sock subscription service called Sock it to Stigma. If you sign up you'll get a custom designed pair for each month that contain little wisdoms from the Grow Program. It would also make a great gift idea. Just visit upparel.com.au/grow-subscriptions/

"Of course, donations are always welcomed, with all money assisting in the delivery of very special programs such as Get Growing, an early intervention school support program for young people and Growing Resilience that is currently running eight weekly programs around the country, at no charge." Go to grow.org.au/oddsocksday