“Pathways To Hope” Mental Health Event In Goulburn

Fri Sep 16, 2016

Local mental health agencies and support providers are uniting to host Goulburn’s premier mental health awareness day in Belmore Park on Saturday 8 October.

Coinciding with national mental health month, the “Pathways to Hope” event is to promote mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Given that one in four people in Australia will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at some stage in their lives, organisers are aiming to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and where people can turn for help.

The event will involve an interactive and entertaining walk around Belmore Park, enabling participants to obtain advice on mental health. There will be a range of fun activities, including face painting and Zumba sessions.

The emcee of the day is Warren Brown, one of Australia’s leading cartoonists.

“Mental health affects so many individuals, families and communities,” Goulburn Flourish Australia Manager Krystel Fitzsimmons said.

“Quite often people struggle through mental health issues without knowing that help is close by, and that with the right support most mental health problems can be overcome.

“The worst thing is when people suffer in silence, which can lead to a downward wellbeing spiral and even suicide.

“That’s why just talking about mental health is so important. There are numerous services and support available across the Goulburn district, and representatives will be on hand at the event to discuss them.”

Organisations behind the event include Flourish Australia, Glolburn Post, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Goulburn & District Suiciden Prevention Network, Ability Links, Settlement Services International, Schizophrenia Fellowship, The Personnel Group, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Grand Pacific Health, Partners In Recovery and Goulburn Community Radio.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Krystel Fitzsimmons, Goulburn Flourish Australia Manager – 0459 152 404.

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing community-based support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for more than 5,000 people with mental health issues across 64 locations in New South Wales and Queensland. It has been in operation for more than 61 years.