Cruis­ing the Mur­ray for bet­ter health

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

ABOUT 80 peo­ple en­joyed a cruise on the MV Mary Ann on Tues­day as part of Men­tal Health Week.

The cruise was or­gan­ised by the Cam­paspe Mur­ray Men­tal Health Net­work.

This year’s theme was men­tal health in the work­place, with Bendigo Health con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist Eri­hana Ryan high­light­ing the im­por­tance of hav­ing a bal­ance of work, play and love in our lives to pro­mote men­tal health.

Dr Ryan said be­cause of the limited men­tal health re­sources in the re­gion, pa­tients, car­ers and men­tal health spe­cial­ists all had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to work to­gether to bring about the best pos­si­ble out­comes.

She dis­cussed work­place bul­ly­ing and the im­por­tance of lead­er­ship in the work­place to pre­vent this from oc­cur­ring.

She also pro­moted self care as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure to pro­mote good men­tal health, along with healthy life­style prac­tices, such as diet and ex­er­cise.

An in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­ity or­gan­ised by Njernda Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion staff saw peo­ple cre­ate a hand­print mu­ral, sym­bol­is­ing part­ner­ships be­tween the com­mu­nity and ser­vice providers in Echuca.

Njernda also dis­played a Men­tal Health Week ban­ner on the stern of the MV Mary Ann, while Rochester Pri­mary School stu­dents dis­played posters they had cre­ated for Men­tal Health Week.

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