Ending mental health stigma
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.”