A free event will be held on Thursday in Sale to increase the community’s understanding of mental health conditions.
The event has been organised by the local Community Services Committee and will run from noon to 3pm at McMillan Park.
There will be a free sausage-sizzle and discussion around supporting mental health, with guest speakers and Beyond Blue information available.
Founder of the Community Services Committee, Department of Human Services prison liaison officer, Alex Egan, said Mental Health Week ran from October 7 to 13 and the event would aim to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
“With one in five Australians affected by a mental health condition, it’s important to highlight the local assistance that’s available for people and their families, to help them work towards wellbeing,” Ms Egan said.
“The committee organising the event is made up of specialist government department and community services representatives who assist prisoners while incarcerated at Fulham Correctional Centre.
“We also assist their families and provide support to people after their release from prison.
“We encourage the whole community to embrace Mental Health Week.
“We know from experience with ex-offenders that seeking assistance for mental health issues is a step in the right direction.”