Your guide to mental health week

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: Matthew Johnstone will be giving a practical talk at the CWA Hall on Saturday at 11am
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: Matthew Johnstone will be giving a practical talk at the CWA Hall on Saturday at 11am

Queensland Mental Health Week promotes individual and community mental health and wellbeing, boosts awareness, and reduces the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

Mental Health Week runs from Saturday October 6 to Sunday October 14 with some local events held by non-government organisations, service providers and community groups.

The Police Citizens Youth Club of Mount Isa are hosting a fun-filled evening of practical skills for action-takers who want some tips on keeping their mind sharp.

A barbeque will commence this evening Tuesday October 9 at 6.30pm followed by the workshop at 7pm – 8pm.

The program is called Good. Better. Best., and registered nurse and health coach Sarah Choyce is set to hand you some laughs along the way.

People who are mentally well recover better after being sick, they are more creative, and benefit from lots of other things as well.

Sarah Choyce - RN and Health Coach

“The focus for this workshop all about - what we are thinking and feeling is just as important as what we eat and how much we move,” Ms Choyce said.

“People who are mentally well recover better after being sick, they are more creative, and benefit from lots of other things as well. 

“On the night there will be ‘skill stations’ which we will rotate around. As part of mental health, there are six steps – body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet –  so the stations will be based around those,” she said.

On Saturday October 13, 11am, at the CWA Hall in Isa Street, a free community event includes a talk by Matthew Johnstone on stress and practical tips and tricks.

The talk is based on Mr Johnstone’s latest book StressLess which is due for release in 2019 which is evidence and research based..

“I teamed up with clinical psychologist Dr Michael Player who has spent much time researching, studying and understanding stress, why we have it and the impact it has on us if left unchecked,” Mr Johnstone said.

The North West Queensland Mental Health Network have a barbeque event in Cloncurry called Capturing Mindfulness: If Your Soul Aches Take a Moment on Friday evening at Florence Clark Park from 4pm-7pm with the Centre for Rural and Remote Health.

All are welcome.

Mount Isa Base Hospital have a mental health display in the foyer for the week focusing on mental wellbeing and how to maintain it.

North West hospital and Health Service have partnered with the North West Queensland Mental Health Network to organise a morning tea at the Hospital under the Healing Tree at 10am on Wednesday October 10.

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