Mental Health Month – beYounique

Mental Health Month – beYounique
The month of October is set aside each year to recognise the people in our community who live with a mental illness and those who care for them. The national theme for Mental Health Month this year is ‘be YOUnique!

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Mental Health Service is holding a ‘be YOUnique event at Lismore City Hall to support our community and to raise awareness about mental illness.

Richard Buss, NNSW LHD Executive Director of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol said this theme is aimed at promoting acceptance and an understanding of the impact that being proud of who we are, can have on our wellbeing.

The day is about celebrating our strengths and differences with the aim of encouraging all of us to consider our strengths and challenges, and to nurture our own ‘unique worth’.

“We are really pleased to have Bradley Foxlewin, Deputy Commissioner from the NSW Mental Health Commission, who has a lived experience of mental distress and accepted our invitation to be the Guest Speaker,” Dr Buss said.

The official proceedings will take place between 10.30am and 11.30am with an opening address by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Following the formal proceedings there will be entertainment, with live music, drumming, yoga laughter, hat and mask making and other activities. A BBQ lunch has been organised as well as displays of digital storytelling and the winner of the “Our Lives, Our Places” Image/Photographic Competition will be presented.

“The day is about celebrating our strengths and differences with the aim of encouraging all of us to consider our strengths and challenges, and to nurture our own ‘unique worth’. It is also aimed at reassuring us to take the opportunity to support the people in our lives and celebrate their own individual qualities that make them unique,” said Dr Buss.

The event has been organised by a small steering committee made up of representatives from the NNSW LHD and a cross section of community organisations including C3A – Community Advisory, Advocacy and Action Group, Partners in Recovery, Headspace, CRS, On Track, The Buttery, ACON, Mission Australia and New Horizons.


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