Bathurst College raising mental health awareness

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TAFE Western Bathurst College will be a hive of activity throughout October, with a number of activities planned to raise awareness about mental health.

Bathurst psychologist and TAFE Western Counsellor Jayne Hogan believes Mental Health Month is the perfect time for everyone to think about mental health and the key role it plays in our overall wellbeing.

“People are very aware of the need to look after their physical health, but often forget that maintaining mental health is just as important,” Ms Hogan said.

“Our focus is on encouraging people to prioritise taking care of their mental health just as they do their physical health.

“It’s also a great opportunity to talk about mental illness and the impact that it has on our community. Nearly 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives and nearly 33 per cent of young people under 25 have had a mental illness.  

“It’s very important that we acknowledge and talk about people’s experiences of mental illness and recovery.”

Ms Hogan said all of this month’s activities would be focussed around the theme ‘The Elephant in the Room’ – a simple message to encourage everyone to talk about mental health.

Bathurst College Mental Health Month activities include:

  • October 13 – Sausage sizzle for students and staff, with a number of local organisations with information stalls – 11.30am-2.30pm.
  • October 15 – Mental health talk and morning tea – 10.30am.
  • October 22 – Yoga session focussed on the benefits of yoga and meditation. A short meditation, with herbal teas and healthy snacks to follow – Noon.
  • October 13, 20, 27 – Meditation/Mindfulness – Noon.

Ms Hogan said other month-long activities included an ‘Elephant in the Room’ pinboard, information displays in the Student Hub, colouring in, drumming display at the community barbecue as well as a number of others.

For more information about Bathurst College’s Mental Health Month activities, contact Ms Hogan on 63382556 or email  jaynehogan@tafensw.edu.au