What brings you joy in life? That will be the question on everybody’s lips this Mental Health Week.
Mental Health Foundation Australia will be launching Mental Health Week with an event at the Wyndham City Civic Centre.
Wyndham City’s Family Friendly City Portfolio Holder Cr Mia Shaw said the Foundation had launched a competition with local primary and secondary schools in a bid to promote a positive image around mental health.
“Students were asked to create artworks that portrayed the theme of ‘what brings you joy in life’ and received dozens of paintings, drawings, mosaics, photos, sculptures and other art mediums,” Cr Shaw said, adding that the winners of the competition will be announced at the launch on Wednesday, 11 October.
“Remember to reach out and have a chat with friends or family if there’s something on your mind. If you notice somebody struggling—start a conversation with them”
“The launch will also feature live entertainment, information stalls, speeches from experts in mental health, and a Q&A Panel featuring Monash University’s Professor Bruce Tonge, Wyndham City Mayor Henry Barlow, and Federal Lalor MP Joanne Ryan,” she said.
Cr Shaw said there would be many other events held across Wyndham as part of Mental Health Week.
“We will be partnering with Mercy Mental Health Program to host a pop-up event at Point Cook Town Centre. The focus is on being connected with friends, family, community, physical activity while also connecting residents with information and service providers,” Cr Shaw said.
The Iramoo Community Centre will also be hosting a community lunch on 10 October featuring guest speaker Evan Bichara from St Vincent’s Health, followed by a community lunch. There will be a range of free activities at Wyndham City libraries, including Yoga for Kids, a session exploring how to respond to anger in children, and brain training, as well as virtual reality for the youth and a mindfulness art workshop.
Cr Shaw said it was important for all residents to keep on top of their mental health.
“When I’m having a tough day and need some time-out, exercise and Bikram Yoga are my outlet,” Cr Shaw said, adding, “Also remember to reach out and have a chat with friends or family if there’s something on your mind. If you notice somebody struggling—start a conversation with them.”
Mental Health Week aims to educate and engage people about mental health, and to book a spot at any library events call 8734 2600. To book a free ticket to the Mental Health Week launch visit trybooking.com