Mur­weh minds com­mu­nity men­tal health

Western Times - - NEWS -

A FULL sched­ule of events for all ages across the Mur­weh Shire is part of an ef­fort to raise aware­ness of men­tal health.

Each day of this Men­tal Health Week, the coun­cil and the Hope Project, run by Queens­land Health, have been run­ning and ad­ver­tis­ing events where peo­ple can come to­gether and start the con­ver­sa­tion about men­tal health, while en­joy­ing some en­ter­tain­ment.

Hope Project co-or­di­na­tor Jenny Peacock said the com­mu­nity had got­ten be­hind Mur­weh’s pro­gram.

“The Black Dog In­sti­tute brought out Mur­ray Hart for a com­edy night at the Evening Star Car­a­van Park, and the per­for­mance area was full for the show.

“It was nice to see a good turnout on the first night.”

In­volv­ing dif­fer­ent groups in Men­tal Health Week was a mam­moth task, which couldn’t have been done alone, Ms Peacock said.

“I got to­gether with Tea­gan Rus­sell from Queens­land Health, and to­gether we de­cided that Men­tal Health Week needed to in­volve the whole com­mu­nity.

“We set to find­ing out what ev­ery­one was do­ing, and put to­gether the sched­ule to fill Men­tal Health Week.

“We didn’t or­gan­ise all the events, but wanted to make sure things like the com­edy night and the high tea were ad­ver­tised as an op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether and raise aware­ness.”

AFFIRMATIONS: Men­tal Health Week is in full swing at Healthy Age­ing, with ev­ery­one mak­ing men­tal health res­o­lu­tions.

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