Sharing The Journey Together: “Pathways To Hope” Mental Health Event In Goulburn

Fri Oct 13, 2017

Local mental health agencies and support providers are uniting to host Goulburn’s premier mental health awareness day in Belmore Park on Saturday 21st October at 10:30am

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

Under this year’s mental health month theme of “Share the Journey”, the event is encouraging community members to share their journey on the day with family, friends and even pets.

“It’s a great excuse to bring your dog down to the park and soak up a great atmosphere while gaining information that could assist you or someone you know,” Flourish Australia Mental Health Worker Sian Mason said.

“The event will involve an interactive and entertaining walk around Belmore Park, enabling community members to obtain advice on mental health.

“There will be many fun activities and entertainment, including local choirs, temporary tattoos, Danny D Horse therapy, a jumping castle and more.”

Flourish Australia said one in four people in Australia will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at some stage in their lives.

A typical problem is that family members and friends don’t know how to identify mental health signs or where to turn when someone they know is having difficulty.

“Many people experiencing mental health issues suffer in silence, which can lead to a downward wellbeing spiral and even suicide,” Ms Mason added.

By having mental health issues and suicide awareness open for discussion in a community environment, we aim to reduce stigma and open up ‘Pathways to Hope’ for people in need.”

Representatives from multiple services will be available to offer advice on local services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Participating organisations include Flourish Australia, Goulburn & District Suicide Prevention Network, Ability Links, One Door Mental Health, The Personnel Group, Headspace Goulburn, Southern Tablelands Arts and Goulburn Mulwaree Youth Council.

People bringing dogs are asked to have them on leashes at all times and bring a doggy bag for clean-up requirements.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Sian Mason, Flourish Australia, Goulburn P: 93939147

Flourish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for 5,000 people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for 60 years.