BBQ fundraiser for Men­tal Health week

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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