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Posted on: 2 October, 2018

Wellness at the Coast puts Spotlight on Mental Health with Free Community Event

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The importance of looking after our mental health and well-being will be officially acknowledged and celebrated next week, at the annual Wellness at the Coast event to be held on 12 October.

Local organisations are once again partnering to bring the event to the Capricorn Coast community in October, as part of Queensland Mental Health Week (6 – 14 October). Wellness at the Coast encourages people to value and promote mental health and well-being, whilst also tackling the stigma of mental illness.

Community Development Councillor Jan Kelly said a variety of information and resources about overall wellness and mental health will be available as part of the free community event.

“The event will include a community walk, yoga, workshops, free lunch and musical entertainment. It will provide residents with the opportunity to stop and take some time for themselves, and to gain recognition around the importance of looking after our mental health and well-being as individuals and as a community,” Cr Kelly said.

About half of all Australians experience mental health issues in their lifetime, and about one in five Australians experience a mental health issue in any one year.

“Mental health can affect anyone. If you are suffering from mental health issues, or know someone who is, please talk to your local GP or visit the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service,” Cr Kelly said.

“Alternatively, one of our wonderful staff members located at The Community Centre in John Street Yeppoon can also direct you to the best available support services.”

Wellness at the Coast will be held on Friday 11 October from 11am - 1pm at the northern end of the stunning Yeppoon Beachfront, adjacent to the Stage Roof area.

Council would like to thank its partners - Live Better Community Services, CQ Health, Partners in Recovery, and the Grow and Live Life Pharmacy, for their support in hosting this event.

The theme for 2018 is to value mental health – with six steps

Be active – do what you can, enjoy what you do, get moving and improve your mood
Keep learning – embrace new experiences, recognise opportunities, surprise yourself
Connect – talk, listen, be there
Give – your time, your words, your presence
Take notice – remember the simple things that give you joy
Care for our planet – it’s the home we all share

Go to http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/131/COMMUNITY or https://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/ for more information.

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