Billabong Clubhouse & Richmondpra Lead October Mental Health Month Celebrations In New England

Wed Sep 30, 2015

Two of the regions foremost mental health service and support providers are teaming up to lead Mental Health Month celebrations in Tamworth.

Under a national theme of ‘Value Your Mind’, Billabong Clubhouse and RichmondPRA are arranging an open-house day of fun and activities geared around raising awareness of mental health.

Many other local service and support providers will also participate, along with mental health workers and clinicians and people who live with mental health issues and their families.

Activities include live music, food stalls, games and information sessions.

“This will be an opportunity for anyone and everyone with an interest in mental health to engage amidst a fun and relaxed atmosphere,” RichmondPRA New England Manager Jim Booth said.

“Given that one in four people will experience a mental health issue during their life, it’s important that everyone in the community is aware of the signs and symptoms.

“Signs and symptoms might include unusual mood changes, feelings of anxiety or depression, increased alcohol consumption and withdrawal from work and family and friends.

“The most important thing is that most people with mental health issues can recover and lead fulfilling lives providing they get the right help at the right time.”

Billabong Clubhouse Acting Director Tania Thompson said the day was focussed on informing the community about service and support options.

“There’s plenty of help and support out there for anyone struggling with mental health issues,” Ms Thompson said.

“Unfortunately people sometimes don’t know how, where or when to start a recovery journey.

“That’s why this community day is such an important opportunity for people to interact and share information.”

Media outlets are invited to attend the event, to be held at Billabong Clubhouse on Thursday 15 October, 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Billabong Clubhouse is a Tamworth-based non-for-profit organisation offering adults with a mental illness membership in a rehabilitation program, including the opportunity to meet friends, develop skills and confidence in a supportive community.

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with a mental illness in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 60 years.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Tania Thompson – 0458970500 – (Billabong Clubhouse) / Jim Booth – 0409 999 752 (RichmondPRA)