Mental Awareness Foundation joins forces with Queensland Mental Health Week and ambassadors to launch the week
Thousands of people from Cape York to Currumbin and west to the border will take time for mental health at more than 250 events across the State during Queensland Mental Health Week next week (5 – 13 October).
Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic and Mental Awareness Foundation ambassadors Brisbane Lion Daniel Rich, Olympic swimmer Jessicah Schipper and Bryan Dorfling who is walking 1000km for mental awareness, joined forces today (1 October) to launch the week at an event at Brisbane’s Customs House.
Mr Frkovic will be among more than 2,000 people to step out on Sunday (6 October) in one of the week’s feature events – the Mental Awareness Foundation’s 8km Brisbane Walk for Awareness.
“We have an extraordinary 255 events registered so far, which is far more than in previous years,” he said.
Many of the events are supported by a Queensland Mental Health Commission grants pool of more than $100,000, and many more are organised by schools, businesses, and community groups.
“It’s vital we spread the message that there are some simple things we can do to boost mental wellbeing, including staying active and maintaining connections with families, friends and communities,” Mr Frkovic said.
He said one million Queenslanders – one in every five people – experienced mental illness each year, with 50 per cent of the population experiencing such an illness in their lifetime.
“We need to ensure that people know where to get help when they need it, and that we take time to focus on the things that can sustain and maintain our mental wellbeing, particularly when life is challenging.
Many Queensland Mental Health Week events link with local mental health services and focus on wellbeing education and mental health first-aid, while community events emphasise inclusion and diverse opportunities to get involved.
“Mentally healthy and strong communities value, look after and include all their people, especially the most vulnerable,” Mr Frkovic said.
Mr Mark Fenton, Board Chair of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, said he was delighted by the number, quality and calibre of Queensland Mental Health Week 2019 events.
“The Alliance is a strong supporter of Mental Health Week and we are really pleased to see strong interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and great representation of rural and remote communities,” he said.
This year’s QMHW events include group meditation, yoga and tai chi sessions, and activities for schools.
Find an event near you here: https://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/queensland-mental-health-week-events/
Media contact: Queensland Mental Health Commission ph 0477 385121 or 3033 0340
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