Fraser Coast Tuning Up And Teeing Off For Mental Health Week

Tue Sep 27, 2016

Flourish Australia is calling on Fraser Coast locals from all walks of life to get behind upcoming Mental Health Week activities.

In a first for the region, local and visiting musicians will strut their stuff at a free twilight concert at the Scarness Park Band Stand and surrounding park area, all in the name of mental wellbeing.

Many of the performers are people who identify as having a lived experience of a mental health issue, including the Flourish Australia Music Group – ‘Music is You’.

Other local performers include Charlotte's Web, Creative Highway, Leonie Kingdom & Brumbi Migaloo.

“This will be a fun and relaxed family atmosphere where everyone can enjoy some great musical performances,” Flourish Australia Fraser Coast Manager Evan Fulton said.

“One in two people will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at some stage in their lives, and just about all of us know someone who’s has or has had a mental health issue.

“Our message is that people will recover if they get the right help at the right time”.

“This is a perfect opportunity to let people know about the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, and that many local services and supports are available.”

The concert will be held on Friday the 7th of October 2016 from 4.oopm to 8.oopm.

Another mental health awareness event is the “Whack! Fore Wellbeing” community golf day, to attract interest from locals who may not otherwise attend mental health awareness activities.

A focus is on drawing employers to the golf day and teaming participants with people from the mental health sector, with a view to raising awareness of mentally healthy workplaces.

That includes discussing ways to identify and manage mental health issues at work.

“Mental health issues can be a silent yet heavy burden to carry at work whilst trying to maintain an appearance of everything being ‘ok’” Mr Fulton said.

“Mental health problems can get out of hand if not identified and managed in workplaces, leading to stigma, misunderstandings, upset and productivity impacts.

“It can make all the difference if employees feel there is space to share what they are experiencing and that they can find support and minimise personal and professional disruption.

“Enabling a person to return to full working capacity and potential in quicker time frames is also important.”

The golf day is being held on Friday 14 October at Craignish Golf & Country Club, with a 9.30 tee-off.

For bookings or further information call Flourish Australia on 1300 779 270 or go to: https://trybooking.com/230215

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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.