UniSA celebrate mental health day | PHOTOS

The message of keeping both your mental and physical health in check was celebrated by a wide range of organisations at the University of South Australia Wellbeing Day on Thursday, which marked World Mental Health Day.

Organisations that got involved by hosting stalls and activities on the day included Uniting SA, Centacare, Snap Fitness, the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), Beyond Bank, Mission Australia, headspace and many more.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one person is lost to suicide every 40 seconds around the world.

This year the WHO is calling for people to spend 40 seconds thinking about how they're going to take of themselves or someone else.

UniSA Mental Health Academic Lee Martinez said those who live with a severe and enduring mental illness often die from chronic diseases up to 20 years younger than those without a mental illness.

Ms Martinez said the Wellbeing Day was an opportunity for residents to discover what services are available in the area of mental health in Whyalla.

"They get to participate in some small activities and have conversations around mental health," she said.

"We have multiple physical activities as well with Snap Fitness and the Local Drug Action Team providing some fun challenges for young and old.

"We have lots of free giveaways and healthy food."

Ms Martinez said the turnout was great for a beautiful day in the school holidays, with around 250-300 people attending throughout the day.

"We have some students who are here on placement helping out, most of the non-government services that provide a mental health service to the community are here," she said.