MENTAL Health Month was celebrated with a fair in the park last Saturday, aiming to create awareness of mental health issues and provide pathways to service supports throughout the entire community.
The day was a resounding success with the theme being ‘Celebrate, Connect, Grow.’
There was something for everyone, with the young enjoying the jumping castle, face painting and the Hub Bear, while adults had the opportunity to win big on the Lions Club chocolate wheel and participate in a wonderful art auction, where local artists donated their work.
Background music by ‘Shiraz’ gave great ambiance to the day and the Young’s ‘Flamin Boots’ Line Dancers gave a boot scooting display. All proceeds from the day’s activities were donated to Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network.
One of the purposes of the day was to showcase the services available for those with a mental illness and their families, with a wide range of stalls offering information and directing people to appropriate services.
The organisers of the event want the community to know anyone can develop a mental illness and no one is immune to mental health problems.
Most people with a mental illness recover well and are able to lead fulfilling lives in the community when they receive appropriate ongoing treatment and support.
With the success of the inaugural event, the committee is looking forward to making next year’s celebration even bigger and better and would like to thank everybody who participated, donated and performed for ensuring a great day was had by all.