Free health literacy sessions for Mount Isa at library

HEALTH LITERATE: Lynette Stenhouse and Rebecca Lister from headspace Mount Isa have insight into improving the mental health of individuals, starting with the basics of diet and exercise. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

HEALTH LITERATE: Lynette Stenhouse and Rebecca Lister from headspace Mount Isa have insight into improving the mental health of individuals, starting with the basics of diet and exercise. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

North West Remote Health (NWRH) is offering free health information sessions at Mount Isa City Library every second Friday of the month.

The next library session will be on Friday June 9 with a focus on mental health and alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

NWRH launched the Health Literacy Promotion (HeLP) Initiative in March, aiming to give the public up-to-date information on healthy living.

NWRH launched the Health Literacy Promotion (HeLP) initiative to educate the public on how to improve their health.

NWRH launched the Health Literacy Promotion (HeLP) initiative to educate the public on how to improve their health.

On Friday May 12 Rebecca Lister from headspace spoke on mental health in the workplace, and explained the importance of diet, rest, exercise, and choosing good company.

“It may sound like a bad greeting card, but it is so important to appreciate the simple things, things that you can enjoy,” Ms Lister said.

“Focus on the things you can change, and reach out if you need help,” she said.

The HeLP project is a collaboration between various health service providers in Mount Isa.

As part of the health literacy initiative, NWRH has developed a campaign for community groups called ‘Shop Smart for a Healthy Heart’.

NWRH Health Promotion Officer Govind Ojha and a group of dieticians will present this to the multi-cultural group at NWQICS, Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 12pm today.

For more information on HeLP health literacy program and NWRH’s other services, visit nwrh.com.au/