Volunteers show strength for Mental Health Week

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Volunteer South West volunteers Jeanette Repacholi and Victoria Henry with Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams (middle) highlighting the ‘stronger together’ message as part of mental health week next week.
Camera IconVolunteer South West volunteers Jeanette Repacholi and Victoria Henry with Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams (middle) highlighting the ‘stronger together’ message as part of mental health week next week. Credit: Picture: Nicole Salmeri, Nicole Slameri

Volunteer South West is one of many organisations supporting Mental Health Week which begins on Sunday and runs until Saturday, October 12.

Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams said this year’s Mental Heath Week would revolve around three major topics – Mental Health starts where we live, learn, work and play – stronger together, it starts in our communities and mental health is a journey, no one gets left behind.

“At Volunteer South West we recognise the importance of volunteering to mental health and wellbeing,” Mrs Williams said.

“Volunteering can give you a sense of achievement and purpose, help you feel part of a community, improve your self-esteem and confidence, help combat stress, loneliness and depression.

“Volunteering is a great way to create social bonds and build strong, healthy relationships that help you feel more connected and valued by the community.”

Volunteer Victoria Henry said volunteering was beneficial for improving people’s mental health.

“People come in quite sad because they can’t get a job or they’re lonely or retired but if you get out and help people it will help your mental health because it gives you a purpose,” she said.

“It gives you something to look forward to instead of sitting around at home all day and it’s just a good way to give back to the community.”

Mrs Williams said anyone interested in volunteering should contact Volunteer South West to find out what positions are available.

The week-long event will have a range of community activities across the city such as nature walks, morning teas, safe talk training and much more.

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