The Issue

About stigma

Mental illness is so prevalent in Australia that statistics indicate around one in two of us will experience a mental illness in our lifetime, and one in five of us will experience a mental illness in any year. ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing – 2007

Odd socks day…because anyone can have an odd day, is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone, at any time, can have an odd day.

Stigma can have a devastating impact on the lives of people with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. It’s still one of the greatest barriers to people seeking help and recovery.

People with a mental illness want the same basic things as everyone else:

  • A home – somewhere decent to live
  • A job or something meaningful to do – a reason to get up in the morning
  • A life worth living – friends to share your life with and give you hope.

Because of stigma, people may live less satisfying and contributing lives than they would like, and are able to make.
A Life Without Stigma – A SANE Report | PDF

The way you treat a person does make a difference.

5 ways you can make a difference

  • Be a friend – be there, for the ordinary and extraordinary moments
  • Be brave – don’t tolerate stigma and discrimination
  • Be open – share your experiences
  • Be informed – know the truths and dispel the myths
  • Be good to yourself – recognise the need to look after your own mental wellbeing

And…be a crusader – donate and help us continue the fight against stigma.


The fundraising activities conducted by Grow under the Odd Socks Day campaign are not connected in anyway to the Sock It To Suicide campaign by White Wreath Association LTD – ‘Action Against Suicide’.

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