Shoalhaven Brushes Up For Mental Health Month

Mon Sep 20, 2016

Two of the South Coast’s foremost community-based mental health support organisations have teamed up and turned to art to make a difference during national Mental Health Month.

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) and Aftercare FACES (Family and Carer Education and Support) have come together to host a series of free community workshops to raise awareness of mental health during October in the Shoalhaven.

The workshops are called "Stories of Recovery - A Creative Journey". Art and craft as therapeutic mediums will be central to the gatherings.

Members of the community of all ages and creative abilities are invited to participate and explore what living with a mental health issue and what going on a recovery journey means.

“Art is such a powerful medium for people to express themselves, promote a sense of hope and mix with other people, all of which are important when going on a mental health recovery journey,” local Flourish Australia Manager Karina Lindsay said.

“We have a qualified art therapist on hand to help participants get the most out of the workshops.

“The workshops are for those who have lived experience of a mental health issue but also for the community in general.

“One in four people have a lived experience of a mental health issue. It’s something that reaches into all corners of the community and the more we can do to raise awareness and understanding the better.

“Most people with a mental health issue can recover if they get the right help at the right time.”

The workshops will be held in

  • Nowra Scout Hall (cnr Jervis St & Shaolhaven St) on Friday 7 October from 1.00pm-3.00pm;
  • Vincentia Community Hall on Wednesday 5 October 1.00pm-3.00pm
  • Ulladulla Dunn and Lewis Centre, Thursday 6 Oct, 1.00pm-3.00pm

The workshops will conclude with an exhibition of participants’ works in Jelly Bean Park (Woolworths Carpark), Nowra on Thursday 13th October at the "Let’s talk about Mental Health Shoalhaven" event.

Anyone wishing to participate should book through Karina Lindsay at Flourish Australia (02) 9393 9535 or Maria Houben at Aftercare Family and Carer Education and Support program (02) 44 22 1547.

MEDIA PICTURE AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:

MEDIA OUTLETS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF AND INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS AT A TIME THAT SUITS. PLEASE CALL KARINA LINDSAY ON (02) 9393 9535.

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.