The Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) has announced a series of community events designed to support mental health and wellbeing, in line with October being Mental Health Month. Activities, which include colour runs and barbecues, will be held across various locations in the Far West District.
Event Locations and Timing
- Wilcannia Football Oval: Tuesday, 3rd October, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Menindee (Burke & Wills Oval): Wednesday, 4th October, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dareton (George Gordon Oval): Thursday, 5th October, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Broken Hill (Sturt/Skate Park): Friday, 6th October, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Mission to Educate and Connect
Desley Mckellar, FWLHD’s Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical Leader, emphasised the importance of the month-long initiative. “Mental Health Month encourages us all to focus on our mental health and overall wellbeing. The goal is to educate the community about the importance of good mental health and how to seek appropriate support,” said Ms Mckellar.
The events aim to create a welcoming atmosphere where people can openly discuss mental health concerns, recognise symptoms, and learn how to access professional treatment options. The initiative is also designed to dismantle the existing stigma surrounding mental health.
The community events are free of charge and are being sponsored by Neami National, Mission Australia, WayAhead, and Headspace. “We’re aiming to forge stronger relationships within the community to encourage more people to utilise a broad array of integrated community and specialist mental health services,” Ms Mckellar added.
Need Immediate Assistance?
For immediate mental health support, the Mental Health Line is accessible 24/7 at 1800 011 511. In emergency situations where someone may be at immediate risk of harm, call Triple Zero (000).
For more information on mental health, drug, and alcohol services within the FWLHD, please visit NSW Government Health Services.