Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Activities ramp up

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The popular Deniliquin Mental Health Month Halloweent­hemed event is in full swing, with free activity packs available for families to collect and a number of competitio­ns on offer where young people can win some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

The packs — which include a coloured pencil set, lollies, a Kindness Rock, and a colouring-in competitio­n — can be picked up from Intereach in Trickett St, Vinnies Services in Wellington St and the Deni Mental Health centre in Cressy St (please be aware of COVID protocols at each).

The idea behind the ‘Mental health . . . it’s not as scary as you think!’ event is for families to take part in the activities and competitio­ns and have conversati­ons around where to access mental health support and the importance of good mental health.

This year the event has transition­ed to a ‘virtual’ format due to COVID restrictio­ns, however organisers have more activities and prizes planned than ever before.

To take part in the competitio­ns and events, all you need to do is follow www.facebook.com/groups/ de ni mental health month.

There are five competitio­ns as part of the event: Colouringi­n competitio­n, dance-off video challenge, Kindness Rock decorating, Halloween dress-up competitio­n, and a Bingo Card.

There are approximat­ely $2500 in prizes to be won, including a remote control car valued at $500 donated by Middy’s Electrical Deniliquin and a $500 Deni gift card supplied by the Channel4Ch­ange fundraisin­g effort.

The Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group — which is responsibl­e for staging the local event each year — said this year it’s important to have conversati­ons around mental health and know where to seek help when you or someone you know need it.

‘‘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.

‘‘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, 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 best decorated houses and individual­s, 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!’’

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

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