TAFE Western Counsellor and Psychologist Rachael Buckerfield has hailed yesterday’s Orange Mental Health Month event a huge success.
A number of TAFE Western students were joined by hundreds of students from Orange Grammar School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School and Orange High School, taking part in fun activities while learning about the importance of mental health.
“The community barbecue was very popular and it was pleasing to see so many students get around to all of the mental health organisation stalls to learn more about mental health and what services are available to them here in Orange,” Ms Buckerfield said.
“Some of the popular stalls on the day included PCYC, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Ability Links, Lyndon Community, GROW, Adult Mental Health and Orange Aboriginal Medical Service.
“The simple fact is that statistics reveal that one in three young people in Orange are susceptible to mental health issues, so if yesterday’s event managed to help just one person then it was well worthwhile.”
Yesterday’s activities at Orange College were part of Mental Health Month that is celebrated Australia-wide each year. This is the first time a number of Orange organisations have come together to try and raise awareness about mental health.
Judging by yesterday’s successful event, Ms Buckerfield hopes the event will return bigger and better next year.
“Everyone who attended had fun participating in the Traditional Indigenous Games, using the ‘beer googles’ to understand the effects of alcohol on mental health and having a chat to all of our local services,” she said.
“It lays a strong platform for further Mental Health Month activities in the future.”
For more information about Mental Health Month in Orange, find Orange Youth Mental Health Month on Facebook or phone Ms Buckerfield on 6391 5696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org