The sore feet and jostling crowds of the Royal Easter Show are not particularly associated with mental wellbeing, but this year Check-Up from the Neck-Up will come to the rescue of harried show-goers on April 11 and 12.
The initiative, developed by the Mental Health Commission of NSW and based on a successful US program, invites participants to take time out for a mental wellbeing assessment.
Mental health professionals from Sydney, South East Sydney, Western Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health Districts will take participants through the five-minute online Snapshot tool developed by the Black Dog Institute.
The NSW Mental Health Commissioner, John Feneley, said that the event’s first outing in Martin Place last year had received strong positive feedback from participants.
“When people focus on improving their mental wellbeing, their experience of life is very much enhanced – and there’s a positive roll-on effect to their families, colleagues and communities as well,” Mr Feneley said. “It also means you have much more resilience when times get tough.”
“People who take part in Check-Up from the Neck-Up not only have the advantage of getting some guidance from highly experienced professionals, there will also be a wealth of information materials to browse, and peer workers from Flourish Australia will be on hand to talk to about your issues and experiences.
“Bringing home a showbag is one thing. But bringing home a better understanding of how you are tracking emotionally, and a plan for improving that, is immensely more valuable.’
Check-Up from the Neck-Up will be open from 9am to 8pm on April 11 and 12, and is located near the cattle judging grounds and next to Channel 7.
Lisa Sandrk, Mental Health Commission of NSW
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