A RECORD 200 plus community events will be held across Queensland next week in an effort to help people of all ages better understand mental illness.
Tea parties, sausage sizzles, wellbeing workshops and art exhibitions will be held across the state for Queensland Mental Health Week, starting Monday, October 9.
The campaign aims to promote good mental health, raise awareness and create a better understanding of mental illness and celebrate the lives of people living with mental health issues.
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Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said a variety of colourful community events were planned, but there was also a serious prevention message behind the celebrations.
“We need to value our mental health and actively manage our wellbeing, as individuals and as communities, to prevent poor mental health becoming mental illness,” he said.
There’ll be three key events on the Gold Coast, all of which will be held in Southport.
Headspace will host a free youth festival on Saturday, October 7, from 11am to 4pm, at the Broadwater Parklands.
This event for young people aged 12 to 25 offers lives music acts, activities, the Check My Talent Show and more.
Gold Coast Health will host ArtBreat, a music and arts festival to celebrate the creative strengths and talents of people living with mental illness, on Friday, October 13.
It’ll be held at the Gold Coast University Hospital parklands from 10am to 2pm.
For a full list of Queensland Mental Health Week events, click here.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website