Trick or Treat in CBD
An influx of ghosts, ghouls, zombies and witches will flock through Waring Gardens for the free Mental Health Month event — ‘Mental health . . . it’s not as scary as you think!’ — tomorrow afternoon.
Mental Health Month is coordinated every October by WayAhead, with this year’s theme being ‘Share the Journey’.
During October people across NSW and Australia come together to hold events and promote good mental health and wellbeing in their local communities.
The local event is being organised by Deniliquin Community Mental Health for Halloween in an effort to raise mental health awareness.
Youth mental health clinician and event organiser Judith McGill said the spooky afternoon has been supported well by the local community.
‘‘The level of support this year has been tremendous with exactly 50 shops participating in Trick or Treat around George, Cressy and Napier Streets in the Deniliquin CBD,’’ she said.
‘‘There has also been 17 different organisations sponsoring and supporting the event with activities and stalls in the Waring Gardens.
‘‘We also have already got confirmation of 110 young people participating, so it’s looking like it will be a fairly large event.
‘‘Kids can Trick or Treat, enter the allages costume competition, get their face painted and pose in the spooky photo booth all while listening to live music from local band The North Westers.
‘‘We will also have a stigma graveyard, mental health mythbusting, stress ball making, an affirmation tree, giant games and free toothbrushes to help clean up everyone’s teeth after eating so much sugar.’’
Mental health issues affect one in five Australians every year.
Anxiety disorders are often the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression.
Up to 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
‘‘Mental Health Month gives us the opportunity to challenge the stigma and shame surrounding this common illness in a fun and exciting way,’’ Ms McGill said.
‘‘The event starts at the Waring Gardens where kids collect their free Trick or Treat bag and maps for participating shops.
‘‘After that they will join in the festivities in the Waring Gardens from 4.30pm and a barbecue from 5.30pm.
‘‘The all-ages costume competition will start at 5.30pm near the Multi-Arts Hall with up to $400 in Deniliquin Business Chamber and Wired Entertainment gift cards as prizes for the most creative and familyfriendly costumes.
‘‘We’ll also announce the winner of our colouring in competition and our store window prize winner.’’