Staff chang­ing the spin on men­tal health

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE idea of be­ing on an ex­er­cise ma­chine for three hours is enough to make any­one cringe, but not for the peo­ple at Avivo Jan­dakot.

Five teams of em­ploy­ees from the home care ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion threw on their best ’80sin­spired out­fits and jumped on to spin bikes in a three-hour fundraiser for Help­ing Minds as part of Men­tal Health Week.

Avivo’s Fre­man­tle ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor Den­ver Fors­dike said Fri­day’s event aimed to raise as much aware­ness about men­tal health as pos­si­ble.

“In part­ner­ing with our char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion of choice, Help­ing Minds, we be­lieve we can con­trib­ute in a small way to en­sure the ef­fec­tive­ness of the work they do in the men­tal health sec­tor can con­tinue to be out­worked in the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The un­der­ly­ing mes­sage is to re­move the stigma at­tached to men­tal health as an un­spo­ken, iso­lated and ex­clu­sive jour­ney in­di­vid­u­als have to take; rather, en­cour­age one an­other to speak openly and freely about their jour­ney and by pro­vid­ing not only ser­vices but a space con­ducive of healthy dis­cus­sion to live life to the full.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Avivo Jan­dakot work­ers, wear­ing colour­ful ’80s-in­spired out­fits, are all smiles dur­ing their three-hour fundrais­ing ef­fort to pro­mote aware­ness about men­tal health.

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