Wellbeing key to South West’s own Mental Health Week

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Steve Blackwell, from Pathways South West, Terri Kowal, from Volunteer South West, Kendra Grace, from St John of God Social Outreach, Madison Harper, from Headspace, and Daniel Mason, from Accordwest, are looking forward to celebrating Mental Health Week next month.
Camera IconSteve Blackwell, from Pathways South West, Terri Kowal, from Volunteer South West, Kendra Grace, from St John of God Social Outreach, Madison Harper, from Headspace, and Daniel Mason, from Accordwest, are looking forward to celebrating Mental Health Week next month. Credit: Supplied

Members of the South West Mental Health Week consortium are looking forward to the wellbeing celebrations in Bunbury next month.

The week, which follows World Mental Health Day on October 10, aims to increase mental wellbeing in the community and encourages people to speak out about their mental struggles.

This year’s theme is “strengthening our community — live, learn, work, play” and is believed to be particularly relevant with the impact of the pandemic, which has brought mental health into a sharper focus across the community.

Pathways South West CEO Steve Blackwell heads the consortium of mental health service providers in Bunbury and said the uncertain times were affecting everyone around the world.

Now, more than ever, it is important to manage your mental health and wellbeing, particularly if you are feeling worried or anxious.

There is presently an online art exhibition for the week under way, with the top 20 pieces to be selected for display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery during Mental Health Week.

“The Koombana pedestrian bridge will be lit up by the City of Bunbury during October in rainbow colours, recognising the diversity of the community affected by mental health issues,” Mr Blackwell said.

“We want to encourage as many members of the community to attend our events as possible to promote mental wellbeing and connect with service providers before they feel they are in crisis.”

Mental Health Week in Bunbury will see a variety of events take place including the commissioning of a new community garden plot at the Withers Community Garden, a Big Swamp walk, the South West Aboriginal Medical Service beach barbecue, outdoor games, workshops and training sessions.

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