Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Halloween inspired fun, prizes

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The popular and free Deniliquin Mental Health Month Halloweent­hemed event is returning in October.

‘Mental health . . . it’s not as scary as you think!’ has transition­ed to a more virtual format due to the recent COVID restrictio­ns, however organisers have more activities and prizes planned than ever before.

Mental illness is very common. One in five Australian­s aged 16 to 85 experience a mental health condition in any one year.

The Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group — which is responsibl­e for staging the local event each year — said this year, as much as ever, it’s important to have conversati­ons around mental health and know where to seek help when you or someone you know is needing help or support with maintainin­g their mental health and wellbeing.

‘‘This event is all about having a bit of fun but at the same time encouragin­g families to have those conversati­ons around mental health,” Deni MHAG chair Lyn Bond said.

‘‘With the lockdowns and uncertaint­y around having crowds, we decided to move to a more virtual format.

‘‘We realise not everyone will have access to virtual, so if you want to take part but don’t have online access, please contact either Lisa Maher or Sam Hall at Intereach and they can help you register without needing technology.

‘‘This year we have a number of local businesses once again supporting the event with wonderful donations and prizes, and we can’t thank them enough.

‘‘We’re celebratin­g for the whole of the month of October, with weekly activities planned for younger people, and then we’re encouragin­g the whole family to take part by decorating their house for Halloween, which is Sunday, October 31.

‘‘There will be some great prizes for the three best decorated houses, and we want people to walk or get in their cars on October 31 and go visit the houses.

‘‘Obviously we want people to be mindful of COVID protocols at that time, but hopefully we have the freedom to tour around town and enjoy the spooky creations on offer.’’

To register for the event, or for more informatio­n, visit www.facebook.com/groups/denimental­healthmont­h.

Mental Health Month is coordinate­d every October by WayAhead Mental Health Associatio­n NSW.

This year the theme is ‘Tune In’.

For more informatio­n visit www.wayahead.org.au.

For informatio­n on local pathways to help and wellbeing resources visit www.denimental­health.org.au.

■ Anyone requiring crisis support can contact Accessline on 1800 800 944, Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

 ?? ?? ■ Vinnies Services staff Tamara Sefton, Boddie Arthur, Meghan Fisher, Molly Cochrane and Vanessa McKay.
■ Vinnies Services staff Tamara Sefton, Boddie Arthur, Meghan Fisher, Molly Cochrane and Vanessa McKay.

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