Men­tal health at the core of week

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

Cho­rus men­tal health ser­vices man­ager Jerry Caru­ana is urg­ing peo­ple in the South West to get in­volved in Men­tal Health Week which be­gins on Mon­day.

The week will be launched with an event at Bun­bury Re­gional Art Gal­leries which be­gins at 6pm.

Mr Caru­ana said a num­ber of men­tal health ser­vice providers had come to­gether to or­gan­ise a range of events for the week.

“Cho­rus is one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions that par­tic­i­pates in the Men­tal Health Week com­mit­tee along with other lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said. “Each year we come to­gether as a team and or­gan­ise a se­ries of events for the area.

“The whole idea is to raise the aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues and the fact that we all need to be aware that men­tal ill­ness can af­fect any one of us and that we can all look out for one an­other and sup­port one an- other. “We also want peo­ple to un­der­stand that there are sup­port ser­vices avail­able lo­cally as well as con­fi­den­tial ser­vices avail­able on­line and through free call num­bers.”

Mr Caru­ana said he be­lieved so­ci­ety had be­come more open and ac­cept­ing of help­ing those with men­tal health is­sues.

“I think we have got bet­ter at talk­ing about men­tal health — it seems to be more openly dis- cussed these days,” he said.

“Peo­ple are more ac­cept­ing — and rightly so — be­cause, as I said, it is some­thing that can af­fect any­body — no­body is im­mune to men­tal ill­ness. We have seen in the me­dia that movie stars, pop stars, politi­cians, sport­ing icons — it doesn’t mat­ter who you are, it doesn’t mat­ter how much money you are earn­ing — you can be im­pacted by men­tal ill­ness.”

Mr Caru­ana said the events would help en­gage the com­mu­nity.

“The launch is com­bined with an art dis­play which will in­clude some live en­ter­tain­ment,” he said.

“On Tues­day we will have the expo which gives lo­cal ser­vice providers a chance to in­ter­act with peo­ple which will be held at Pais­ley Square. On Wed­nes­day the Walk for Men­tal Health is a chance to pass on the mes­sage about stay­ing both phys­i­cally and men­tally healthy.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Cho­rus men­tal health ser­vices man­ager Jerry Caru­ana is urg­ing peo­ple to get in­volved in Men­tal Health Week.

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