Glenda Valinoti with Family Mental Health Support Service team leader provisional psychologist Narelle Reed. Photo Ashley Clark / NewsMail
Glenda Valinoti with Family Mental Health Support Service team leader provisional psychologist Narelle Reed. Photo Ashley Clark / NewsMail Ashley Clark

Mental health workshops

IMPACT Community Services provided a number of workshops to the public today as part of Mental Health Week.

Chief executive Tanya O'Shea said the day was about building awareness of mental health within the community and providing a safe place for people.

"Mental health can have a real stigma attached to it so this day is about trying to break down some of those barriers and those stigmas and to provide safe spaces that people can come to," she said.

"A place to share their experiences and express their feelings through different workshops."

Ms O'Shea said workshops included art therapy, meditation and the Wheel of Wellbeing.

The Wheel of Wellbeing was developed in the United Kingdom as part of a program for building individual and community mental wellbeing.

"The Wheel of Wellbeing incorporates tools and ideas to generate things that you can do for mental health. These include relaxing activities including laughing yoga and more," Ms O'Shea said.

"It invites you to do something for a person, for the planet etc each week- just really simple things you can do to make yourself feel better."

Ms O'Shea said Impact had a multi-faceted approach to supporting people with mental illness and their carers.

"We have a number of different support services available that focuses on each person's individual experience, their strengths and what is needed to support a better recovery," she said.



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