BBQ fundraiser for Mental Health week
AS part of Mental Health Week last Thursday, people were invited to come and have a barbecue lunch at the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre and to talk about issues that may have been troubling them and to enjoy the camaraderie.
Local mental health nurse Reina Zeevaart, from the Mossman hospital, said that the get-together was particularly important not only because it was Mental Health Week but because several people had turned up and wanted to talk about their issues.
“One lady had depression issues she wanted to talk about, which helped her a lot and some of the other people said that they were glad the issue was discussed,” Reina said.
“Unfortunately many people are still quite reserved, even afraid to talk about mental health problems because they still feel that it’s taboo because society at large still does not want to know.
“But unless we talk about any problems that we have as individuals or as a community, how can we address them and then get them solved?
“Everything should be open for discussion and nothing should be listed as taboo to at least talk about and then keep the good stuff and toss away the rubbish.”
Ms Zeevaart said everyone loved the lunch and sharing their worries.
If you would like to discuss any mental health issues, contact Reina Zeevaart at the hospital, 4084 1200.
PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: Karin Sosina, Sharon Osborne and mental health nurse Reina Zeevaart at the barbecue