October’s Mental Health Month is well and truly here with events kicking off around NSW. Every year at WayAhead, we coordinate the month of activities to raise awareness about mental health and reduce stigma. This year’s theme is “Share the journey” which was chosen by members of the public to highlight the importance of connecting with others and the role that social connections play in resilience, recovery and general wellbeing.
Local communities around the state have organised a number of events that are open to members of the public. There are a number of events this year that focus on the arts as a way of exploring the theme of sharing the journey.
headspace Port Macquarie has been running a competition for young people from 12 – 25 to create work for their ‘Mind Your Art’ exhibition, which opens on October 5th and runs until the end of the month at the Glasshouse, on the corner of Clarence and Hay Street in Port Macquarie.
In Gosford, the Mental Health – Art Works! exhibition opens on October 13th with the opportunity for artists working in a range of mediums and of all ages to share their experiences of mental health through art. The exhibition runs until October 22nd at the Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery, 36 Webb St, East Gosford.
There are also a number of forums and expos that people can attend to learn more about specific approaches to improving their own mental health.
The Central Coast Disability Network and the Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People are running a Wellbeing Forum for Older People to share a free lunch, information sessions with guest speakers and tai chi and yoga sessions with older people, their families and carers. The forum is at The Entrance Leagues Club, 3 Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay from 9.30 am to 1 pm on October 31st. The event is free but RSVPs are essential.
Kogarah Community Services is running a session on Lifting the Lid on Anxiety, examining what anxiety is, how to spot it and how to manage it. The free session will take place on October 25th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Kogarah Community Hub, 49 English Street, Kogarah and is just one of a number of events that the organisation is running throughout Mental Health Month.
These are just some of the activities taking place across NSW for Mental Health Month. There are many more events across the state with a range of different approaches to embracing better mental health and wellbeing for all. For more, take a look through the Mental Health Month calendar of events.