The 2015 theme is ‘Value Your Mind’ reminding us to nurture our mental wellbeing in the same way we maintain our physical and social health. The theme reminds each individual to ask themselves how they value their own mind and how they look after their mental health.
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Mental Health Service and FSG Australia, which stands for Freedom, Social Justice and Growth, as the lead agency for this year’s Value Your Mind Mental Health event.
FSG Australia are honoured to have the opportunity to be sponsored by North Coast Partners In Recovery to co-ordinate this year’s event at the Lismore City Hall on the 22nd October.
The partners include:
- The Buttery
- On Track Community Programs (OTCP)
- Autism Spectrum Australia
- New Horizons and
- Northern Rivers Social Development Council – Ability Links.
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.
We are very 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”.
Janelle Pacey from FSG Australia said “The official proceedings will take place from 10am with an opening address by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.
Other guests and performances include Jenny Cargill-Strong Story Teller, Cape Byron Playback Theatre, Byron Youth Theatre, young songwriter of the year, Indigo Gebbett, The Cassettes 80’s themed flash mob dance crew, The Healing Voices Choir, FSG Intentional Peer Support P.E.A.R.L Model, Yoga and an art competition.
Food Stalls include The High Tea Ladies and The Lions Club is organizing the Sausage Sizzle”.
“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 Value Your Mind. 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 Richard Buss.