29 October 2019

Mental Health Month 2019 Activities

Steps to Wellbeing

On World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October, Commission staff were privileged to attend the ‘Steps to Wellbeing’ walk. The walk was held in Grafton and hosted by Our Healthy Clarence, an organisation that supports the mental health and wellbeing of the Clarence Valley community. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the strength and resilience of the Grafton community.

(above) Commission staff member Sage Green with RUOK? volunteers at the 'Steps to Wellbeing' walk.

Wellness Walk

On Sunday 13 October, in spite of a few rain showers, NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey and Commission staff participated in the ‘Wellness Walk’ hosted by One Door Mental Health. Now in its seventh year, the 6km walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge raises awareness for mental health issues and suicide prevention.

(above) NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey with Carmel Tebbutt, CEO of  the Mental Health Coordinating Council on the 'Wellness Walk'.  

Mostly Mad Music classical music concert

The Commission was pleased to support the production of a mental health awareness-raising video by Mostly Mad Music, ‘Sounds of Empathy’ about music and social connections, and attended the launch of the video at a classical music concert at Customs House on 17 October. 

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/2QuX8XeANZA

Parliamentary showcase

The Commission held a Parliamentary Showcase on Thursday 24 October. The Showcase was held at NSW Parliament and hosted by the Hon. Bronnie Taylor, Minister for Mental Health, and featured six innovative programs from around NSW that the Commission identified through the Living Well Mid-Term Review project:

-    Lithgow High School Wellbeing Centre, Lithgow NSW
-    Safe Space, Illawarra NSW
-    Horse Tales, Dungog NSW
-    Kempsey Peer Worker Program, Kempsey NSW
-    Elouera, Orange NSW
-    Eurella, Burwood NSW

Nathan Moran from the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council delivered a powerful Welcome to Country where he spoke about the prevalence of suicide in his community and the importance of working collaboratively to improve mental health and wellbeing. Deputy Commissioner Tim Heffernan delivered a lived experience acknowledgement.

The Hon. Bronnie Taylor, Minister for Mental Health, spoke encouragingly about the value of mental health peer workers and lived experience, and Dr. Jonathan Ho, the 2019 Commissioner’s Community Champion Award, spoke about the importance of person-centred care.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey spoke about the future of mental health, stating:

 “It is here now, as evident in the amazing initiatives that the Commission has been privileged to see during the Living Well Mid-Term Review. It is important that we showcase these initiatives to inspire other communities and find new ways of working.”

(above) NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey with Joanne Facey, Deb Kuhn and Nik Kosseris from the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

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Last updated: 6 November 2019