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18 December 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Connect, Communicate, Take Charge: Local Health Clusters offer Free Summer Family Well-Being Events

A well-being road show is coming to the Eyre Peninsula this January offering the community an opportunity to focus on mindfulness and provide information on how to seek mental health support and how to help each other.

The well-being sessions are in response to consultation with local farming families during the Rotary Men’s Wellness Campaign. The community said they wanted well-being activities with a focus on suicide prevention strategies and information.

“Empowering communities to help each other was a strong focus during our consultation. People wanted skills to look after their own mental health but also the skills to help others”, said Jo Clark, Chair of the Lower Eyre Local Health Cluster.

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

The well-being work-shops are supported by the Lower Eyre, Upper Eyre and Far West Local Health Clusters and funded by Country SA PHN. The Primary Health Network works hand in hand with the Eyre Peninsula clusters to provide mental health support.

“Regional areas traditionally have higher rates of suicide and that’s a statistic we want to change but, importantly, we also want regional communities to feel empowered to be a part of that change,” said Country SA PHN Chief Executive Kim Hosking said.

“Commissioning services that the community is telling us they want helps us to bridge the gap in mental health equity and access for our rural and remote communities.”

These well-being sessions will be held in Coffin Bay on January 4, Streaky Bay, January 11, Wudinna, January 14, Cowell, January 24 and Port Neill on January 25. There will be something for everyone from five-year olds, to young people, to parents and families – including yoga, art and mindfulness. There will also be information focusing on suicide prevention strategies that aim to support people to help others in our community.

The sessions will be delivered by Mentally Fit EP, a local organisation with the mission of “empowering people to take charge of their lives and to build a mentally fit, connected community”.

For more information on the well-being sessions, please go to the Mentally Fit EP Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at www.lifeline.org.au 

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