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Mental Health Week

Warrnambool working together for good mental health

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“Look after yourself for good mental health!” is this year’s message to the community during National Mental Health Week.  Warrnambool’s Youth Councillors developed a local campaign to encourage Warrnamboolians to look after their own mental health as a priority.
 
Warrnambool City Council have collaborated with psychologist Dr Jodie Fleming, South West Healthcare, St John of God Hospital, Wellways and Warrnambool Art Gallery to deliver the biggest mental health week campaign ever seen in the City.  The organisations are committed to getting positive mental health messages out into all sectors of the community and raise awareness of the things people can do to have good mental health.
 
Local psychologist and working group member Dr Jodie Fleming is pleased that the campaign sends a positive message about the things we can each do to support good mental health.  “Often campaigns focus on mental illness which is important to break down the stigma, but it’s equally as important to share positive messages about the things you can do to support good health – both physical and mental ” said Dr Fleming. “Self-care is really important.  It can be as simple as taking a walk, time out to read, or make sure you catch up with friends.  Time out of our busy lives is really critical to good mental health.”
 
As well as the campaign, there will be free events held across the city to give people opportunities to try out ways to support and improve their own mental health.
 
The 2018 Mental Health Week activities will kick off with free fun for everyone at The Fresh Market at Lake Pertobe on Sunday 7th October.  There will be giant games from Council’s Active Hub and the opportunity to meet mental health professionals who will be sharing the campaign messages with market goers. Across the week there is also free yoga by The Yoga Project, AquaZone is offering swim, spin and gym sessions, street art walks, an author talk with Jill Rivers and a “Words for Wellness” panel discussion at the Warrnambool Art Gallery on Wednesday evening.
 
Check out the link to the calendar above for more information about the Mental Health Week activities on offer or visit the Connect Warrnambool Facebook page.

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