Wellbeing in the West

A colour run and barbeque to promote mental health and wellbeing will be held from 11am-3pm this Friday in Sturt Park.

Hosted by Far West Local Health District, the event is aimed at supporting and promoting mental health and wellbeing and coincides with Mental Health Month.

Organisers hope the colour run and barbeque will create an inviting atmosphere where attendees can openly discuss mental health issues, recognise symptoms, and learn how to access professional treatment options. The initiative also strives to challenge existing stigmas surrounding mental health.

Desley McKellar, FWLHD’s Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical Leader, highlighted the significance 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.

This community event is free and, like other planned events across the Far West, has garnered sponsorship from 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,” added Ms McKellar.

For immediate mental health support, the Mental Health Line is available 24/7 at 1800 011 511. In emergency situations where someone may be at immediate risk of harm, dial Triple Zero (000).

For further information on mental health, drug, and alcohol services within the FWLHD, scan the QR code to visit the NSW Government Health Services website.

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