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