Mental health and wellbeing in the community is in the spotlight during WA Mental Health Week from October 10 – 17, with a number of local activities planned for everyone to get involved.
This year’s theme is ‘Strengthening Our Community’, and local health support agencies and community groups have joined forces with the City of Mandurah to offer a series of events aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing and raising awareness of mental health issues.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the mental wellbeing of Mandurah people was vital to creating a more connected, resilient community.
“Given the tough times many people have experienced recently, keeping check of our mental wellbeing, and asking for help when we need it, is so important,” Mayor Williams said.
“Maintaining mental health is something we should always be aware of, and now more than ever it’s really important that we continue to boost mental wellbeing in the community.
“Let’s all make it our mission to support each other, check in with our family and friends, and help to reduce the stigma associated with asking for help.”
As part of Mental Health Week 2020, the Wellness Wednesday event will be held on the eastern foreshore tomorrow (October 14), with information from local service providers, free activities, live entertainment and guest speakers.
The Mandurah Bridge will also be lit green for the week. Green is the colour of mental health representing hope, strength and support.
The City and its partners have also developed a Mental Health Week 2020 Health and Wellbeing Guide, which highlights local groups who promote social inclusion and connection, information on key services, and tips for talking to your GP about mental health related issues.
For a copy of the Health and Wellbeing Guide and the Mental Health Week local calendar of events, go to www.mandurah.wa.gov.au
For information about WA Mental Health Week 2020 go to https://mentalhealthweek.org.au/