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Clarence Valley “tunes in” to Mental Health this October

Our Healthy Clarence is offering free workshops and activities both online and across the Clarence Valley during October for Mental Health month.

Mental health issues will affect 1 in 5 Australians every year. Anxiety disorders are often the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression.

Our Healthy Clarence Project Coordinator, Giane Smajstr says “It’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing during these tough times. This mental health month offers activities that promote community connection, tools for improving mental health, free training to support others, and opportunities to be part of the change”. Activities led by Our Healthy Clarence are funded by Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN Program.

Mental Health Month is co-ordinated every October by WayAhead. This year the theme is ‘Tune In’. People across NSW & Australia come together during the month to hold events and promote good mental health and wellbeing in their local communities.

These events are a useful reminder for all of us to think about the mental health of ourselves and those around us. They’re also a good excuse to get out there and have some fun!

For more information about local mental health month workshops and activities, visit the Our Healthy Clarence Facebook page or website

If you, or someone you know someone requires support, help is available:

  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800