Art, dancing and empowerment: Blacktown community celebrates Mental Health Month

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Western Sydney Local Health District’s Community Mental Health Services recently celebrated Mental Health Month with consumers, staff and the community at a vibrant event in Blacktown.

Celebrated each year in the month of October, Mental Health Month encourages individuals to think about mental health and wellbeing, whether living with a mental illness or not.

It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviour when needed.”

Runa Aman, Team Leader – Assertive Response Team, Blacktown Mental Health

This year’s theme, ‘we all have a role to play,’ celebrated individuals who prioritise their own mental health, allies who listen and provide encouragement, as well as people who support their communities, workplaces, and schools.

The Blacktown Community Mental Health event included a coffee van, cultural performances, musicians, and a henna artist, and a Welcome to Country by local community Aboriginal representatives.

The Community Mental Health service, in collaboration with its partners, also ran a number of stalls to provide the community with the information they need to seek help.

The event received a generous donation of Lindt Chocolate and Costco bakery items, with the Harman Foundation distributing lunches to staff and the members of the community.

If you are seeking help for your mental health, here are some services you can access:

Mental Health Access line (1800 011 511):

The Mental Health Access line is a 24-hour mental health line, and a useful resource for information, referrals, and immediate assistance.

Online Resources:

Visit the official WSLHD website for information about available mental health services, including contacts, service descriptions and referral processes.

Community Based Support Groups:

There are several WSLHD community-based support groups and services that can provide assistance, connect you with individuals who share similar experiences and provide support.

Contact your General Practitioner (GP):

Reach out to your primary care physician or GP, who will be able to assess your mental health concerns and refer you to the appropriate WSLHD Mental Health Services.

Accessing WSLHD Mental Health Services:

WSLHD offers a range of mental health services, including outpatient clinics, inpatient care, and community-based programs.