TAFE Western Bathurst College will be a hive of activity on Wednesday (October 12) as a number of important community organisations join forces to recognise the importance of Mental Health Month.
The event, which has a focus of Learn and Grow, has been organised by two TAFE Western Certificate IV Community Services Welfare students as part of their course placement, and aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma involved with mental health.
“This has been a big learning opportunity for me and I think this event is really important to get the community involved because we can all play a vital role in helping everyone learn about mental health,” Student and organiser Tom Hopkins said.
“Everyone will be involved with someone who suffers from mental health at some stage in their lives, so events like this are very important to make sure the topic is more acceptable for people to talk about,” fellow organisers Bridget Tracy added.
TAFE Western will be supported on the day with interactive stalls from Aftercare, Centacare, Richmond PRA, RAMHP, headspace and Mental Health Drug and Alcohol from 10am-2pm.
Trevor Hazell from Act, Commit, Belong in Orange will deliver a wellness workshop from 10-11am, with local artist and published author Dean Mobbs another guest speaker from 11-11.30am.
There will be a free sausage sizzle from noon, as well as seated yoga from 12.30-1pm, and more yoga from 1.15pm to 2pm.
All TAFE Students and the entire community are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information about the day, please phone the Bathurst College on 6338 2424.
For more information about Mental Health Month, please visit www.mentalhealthmonth.org.au
** Certificate IV Community Services Welfare students Bridget Tracy and Tom Hopkins promote Mental Health Month activities in Bathurst.