Mental health week on
It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week and local officials are encouraging everyone to highlight the occasion.
Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
In 2012 Mental Health Week will be from October 8 to 14.
The aim of the week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encour- aging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.
Progress to Health’s Tamsin Grant said a range of activities will be held around mental health awareness.
‘‘ We are having activities down here on Wednesday (today). A local kaumatua will give a blessing at 10am. There will be kids drawing with chalk so that will be cool,’’ she said.
Mrs Grant also stressed the importance of healthy eating and said a number of initiatives would highlight that notion.
‘‘We will be talking about healthy eating and giving the kids fruit as a more healthier option. We have been donated plants from a nursery in Hopuhopu which we will eventually plant,’’ she said.
The awareness campaign starts today at 10am at Progress to Health on Bridge St in Tokoroa.