Richmondpra Leads October Mental Health Month Activities In The Manning

Tue Sep 22, 2015

RichmondPRA is taking a lead with Mental Health Month in the Manning by running a series of initiatives drawing attention to mental wellbeing.

The focus is on raising awareness of how common mental health issues are, showing that recovery is possible and reducing stigma.

The unique “Mind on the Manning” photography campaign will enable people from across the region to submit mental-health-related photos to the Manning River Times.

A daily prompt-word will be provided throughout October, and the public is invited to capture and send in photos that reflect each word and evoke feelings and thoughts and stimulate discussion relevant to mental health.

Photos will be published on the Manning River Times website, creating a comprehensive and powerful visual story of mental health in the Manning.

People can post images to the Manning River Times Facebook page, on Twitter or Instagram and add the hashtag #mindonthemanning #manningrivertimes and #richmondpra.

RichmondPRA will also lead an “Odd Socks Day” morning tea in Taree to remind the community that anyone can feel less resilient some days, particularly when mental health issues are involved.

RichmondPRA staff, mental health advocates and supporters and those who live with mental health issues, their families and the general community are invited.

The morning tea will be held from 10.00am-12.00pm on Friday 2 October under the trees at the local RichmondPRA office, at 4/80 Wynter Street, Taree.

The events complement RichmondPRA’s already announced “Brushes with Life” mental health Art Exhibition which launches in Taree on 8 October.

“These activities are a perfect way to put a spotlight on mental health,” RichmondPRA Team Leader Chris Cassar said.

“Mental health issues affect as many as one in four people during their lives, yet people often don’t even know the signs and symptoms.

“The good news is most people with mental health issues can lead productive and meaningful lives if they get the right help and support.

“That makes recognition of and discussion of mental health so important.

“Just as important is reducing stigma around mental health. The more people know about and understand mental health the less stigma we have, making it easier for people to recover.”

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Chris Cassar – 0404 572 499 / Matthew Watson – 0417 691 884