The Parkes Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service is hosting a free youth event at the Parkes Skate Park on Tuesday 9 October from 2:00 – 6:00pm. The Chilax event for young people is one of hundreds of events being held in October as part of Mental Health Month.
“Over a million Australians a year are affected by a mental illness so it’s vital that we all make time for things at the ‘prevention’ end of the spectrum; things that will enhance our social and emotional wellbeing and build up our personal resilience,” said Elizabeth Priestley, CEO of the Mental Health Association NSW.
“Events like this one are also important because they get people talking more openly about mental health and this helps to dispel the stigma around mental illness,” said Ms Priestley.
Consumer Consultant from the Parkes Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service, Penny Sense, said, it is really important for young people in Parkes to get involved in celebrating Mental Health Month.
“The event will celebrate positive mental health and wellbeing in the community and encourage young people to think about their own mental health.” Ms Sense said.
The Chilax event will feature a range of fun activities for young people with entertainment from the local school band and a free barbeque. A horizontal bungee, adult jumping castle, cartooning workshops and information stalls will also be provided for youth who attend.
“Our aim is to ensure that young people feel empowered to talk about their mental health, and know where they can go for help if they feel they need it. Providing information in a fun, informal setting will hopefully reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the community,” said Ms Sense.
The theme for Mental Health Month in 2012 is ‘Celebrate, Connect, Grow’; reminding us to celebrate the positive events in our lives, connect in a meaningful way with the people around us, and to grow by expanding our horizons.
Mental Health Association NSW (MHA) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been working for 80 years to promote mental health and wellbeing through education, support and advocacy. Richmond PRA and the Community Mental Health team would like to thank Quota club, Northparkes Mines, Mental Health Association NSW, MacDonalds, Video Ezy, Men’s Shed and all other businesses who provided assistance with making this event possible.
For more information about metal health visit www.mentalhealth.asn.au or speak with the Mental Health Information Service on 1800 011 511 for referral to mental health services and support networks.
Media contact: Penny Sense on 68 637407