Mental Health Week 2014 (5th – 12th October)

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

This year during Mental Health week, Communify Queensland is again sponsoring the North Brisbane Community Resource Expo. The theme of the Expo is ‘A.C.T.I.O.N. : All Come Together In One Network.’

Team Leader of Communify’s Personal Helpers & Mentors (PHaMs) mental health program, Daniel Baddiley had the following to say about why the theme was so important:

“One of the greatest challenges facing people experiencing mental ill health is overcoming the stigma associated with being unwell. Lack of understanding and acceptance from the wider community often drives people experiencing depression, anxiety and other psychological and emotional difficulties to seek the perceived safety of social isolation. This disconnection from existing and potential supports has a significant impact on the wellbeing of the very people we know as our own friends, brothers, sisters, parents, children and neighbours. Mental Illness does not discriminate, people do. People also do not heal in isolation. People heal in relationships. It is in overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness and connecting with people through mutual respect and understanding that we provide ourselves, and those around us, opportunities to grow and move forward.”

The North Brisbane Community Resource Expo is a free event held at Chermside Library and Aquatic Centre with art on display, interactive sessions and dozens of information stalls from local community based organisations. It is a great opportunity for the community to discover what services are available to support them. Olympic and Commonwealth Games Champion Matthew Mitcham will also be speaking about his struggles with mental health and substance abuse., information stalls and interactive sessions.

Communify is very proud to support Mental Health Week and in particular the Expo. Daniel went on to say: “We are very committed to making sure it is a great day and that is why so many of our staff and also volunteers and other friends of Communify will be attending. We have a great activity each week in Kelvin Grove called ‘Fit for Life’ which teaches community members mindfulness relaxation and other self-soothing techniques like those found in Tai Chi and Yoga, and will be giving an interactive demonstration on the day. Communify’s bourgeoning Black Crayon Theatre group will also be showcasing new work based around the ideas of compassion, perspective and creativity called Ordinary Superheroes.”

 

Brisbane North Community Resource Expo

Friday 10th October 10am-4pm

Chermside Library and Aquatic Centre

For enquiries please email: MentalHealthExpo@health.qld.gov.au

Or phams@communify.org.au

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