End­ing men­tal health stigma

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

MARR Mood­itj Train­ing stu­dents are hop­ing to change the stigma sur­round­ing seek­ing help for men­tal health is­sues.

A group of 10 ma­ture-aged men­tal health stu­dents are hold­ing the men­tal health expo Change Da Shame at the Water­ford Plaza from to­day un­til Fri­day.

Stu­dent Glo­ria Agale said she and other stu­dents wanted to re­move any em­bar­rass­ment of liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues.

“I think we all have some form of anx­i­ety, not just men­tal health pa­tients,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one wants to feel love and hope, and I want peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues to feel like they can seek help.”

Ms Agale said she de­cided to study the men­tal health course af­ter see­ing men­tal health is­sues that stemmed from drugs and al­co­hol in her home town of Port Hed­land.

“Whether it was young or old peo­ple, it was be­com­ing an epi­demic in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The course has been amaz­ing be­cause it’s equipped us with the tools to help our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Marr Mood­itj Train­ing men­tal health pro­gram de­vel­oper and ed­u­ca­tor Tania O’Dea said the expo was her pet pro­ject.

“The idea was to in­tro­duce ad­vo­cacy in the course and chal­lenge the stu­dents to get the expo off the ground,” she said.

“The stu­dents were all keen and ea­ger to do it, even if it was a big thing to do over four days from 9-to-5.”

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