GRIFFITH residents did their bit to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health last week.
To mark World Mental Health Day last Thursday around a dozen local organisations gathered in Memorial Park to raise awareness.
From Meals on Wheels to Griffith’s Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) and just about everything in between, different organisations set up tables in the park offering advice.
AMS social and emotional wellbeing worker Kylie Charles said the aim of the Griffith event was to let the community know what was available.
“We want to make sure everyone knows all of the services are here to help and make sure that nobody falls through the cracks,” Ms Charles said.
“We need to start talking about mental health as a big issue and not hide it away in families.
“I’m hoping that this sort of day will help. Promoting mental health and making people more aware can’t hurt.”
Ms Charles said it was good to see so many people interested in the day.
“All of the different organisations are using this as a way to show the community what we offer,” Ms Charles said.
“We’ve seen a lot of interested community members. I think having it a central place like this in the main street helps.”
Among the other services on hand to offer support on Thursday were Barnabas House, Ningana Enterprises, Multicultural Council, Carevan and Argyle Housing.
Children were treated to a free jumping castle, while Our Mobs Gym (OMG) offered free demonstrations.