Griffith is talking mental health awareness for Mental Health Month, which is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month is ‘Share Your Journey,’ and already Griffith’s mental health organisations have held many events to raise awareness.
Headspace Griffith has seen a huge response from their #headspaceday initiative, where people from Griffith posted selfies to their Facebook page with their tips for mental health.
Eliza Sellers was one of the many who posted a selfie, and was proud to help raise awareness for mental health.
“I wanted to share what helps me with my self care as I think it's really important for people to take advantage of the little things that can make such a difference to our well being,” Ms Sellers said.
Nicola Thoner from Griffith Headspace has been “super impressed” with the involvement from the community.
“It’s a really good way to promote mental health, and we have seen an awesome response from people on our Facebook page,” Ms Thoner said.
The organisation has also been conducting a whole range of other activities for the month.
These included the screening of the film ‘Inside-Out’, hosting Drumbeat programs for kids partnering with Linking Communities Network, and delivering mental health presentations at schools throughout Leeton and Griffith.
To conclude the month, they will be hosting a parent Information Night on October 30 from 6pm to 7pm, to give parents advice on how to deal with children’s stress, anxiety, and general well-being.
Other events held in Griffith included a Mental Health event hosted by Griffith Central on October 10.
This initiative aimed to have informal discussions with people in the community regarding their experiences, as well as promote positive experiences.
Joshua Forbes from Interreach was a driving force behind organising the event in celebration of Mental Health Month and Day.
“The aim was to promote mental health and the variety of services available to the community, to raise much needed awareness,” he said.