RAISING AWARENESS: Nancye McDonald, Carolyn Perry and artist Robz Davey promote a mental health week art auction.
RAISING AWARENESS: Nancye McDonald, Carolyn Perry and artist Robz Davey promote a mental health week art auction. Rob Williams

Get involved, start discussion in Mental Health Week

NEARLY half of the population will experience some form of mental illness at some stage in their lives.

It's an issue that affects many Australians yet still one that many people don't speak openly about.

As part of Mental Health Week, which runs annually from October 4-10, the West Moreton Mental Health collaborative is presenting a number of events to get Ipswich locals talking about mental health.

Floresco Services Manager Carolyn Perry said the aim of the events was to raise community awareness and encourage people to seek help with mental health issues.

"It encourages conversations around mental health, breaks down barriers and provides knowledge about mental illness," she said.

"Mental health problems are common but help is available.

"People with mental health problems can get better and recover completely."

To RSVP for any of the events, phone Angela Henderson on 3817 2568 or via email angela.henderson@health.qld. gov.au. If you or someone you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

 

Free events in Mental Health Week

Mini-conference

  • October 6
  • 9am-noon
  • Ipswich Civic Centre

Morning walk

  • October 7
  • 9.30am-noon
  • Riverlink Shopping Centre

Community showcase

  • October 8
  • 9am-12.30pm
  • The Park - Centre for Mental Health, Wacol

Silent art auction

  • October 8
  • 5pm-7pm
  • Ipswich Community Art Gallery

Suitcase information stalls

  • October 8
  • 5.30pm-8.30pm
  • Gasometre, near Limelight Cinemas, Riverlink

Free breakfast

  • October 9
  • 8am-11am
  • Queens Park, Ipswich