OCTOBER is mental health month and in celebration local community service agency Centacare decorated its office with help from participants of its support group.
The team of personal helpers and mentors (PHaMs) called on Griffith to recognise the prevalence of mental illness in the community, in a bid to smash the stigma.
Participant of the support group Julie Buckley said the service Centacare offered was invaluable for making sure she kept on track.
“The PHaMs program helps me stop and smell the roses,” Ms Buckley said.
“When my life goes a bit off track I come in here and I get help putting things in perspective.
“I have a lot of extra responsibility on my plate at the moment and it is very nice to come in and have someone to talk to.”
The team leader of the PHaMs program Sharon Dean said the decorations were about bringing fun and laughter into an otherwise serious issue.
She said more than one million Australian adults experience depression and more than two million experience anxiety.
“Mental health issues will affect one in five Australians every year, with anxiety disorders the most common followed by depression,” Mrs Dean said.
“The participants of our program live with varying degrees of mental illness and we help them with day-to-day living.
“We assist people on their strength based recovery journey, encouraging participants to live contributing and fulfilling lives.”
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