Trick or Treat in CBD

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.’’

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