Men­tal health week on

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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