The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health have celebrated 50 years of promoting mental health and helping reduce stigma with a special Wellness Festival as part of Mental Health Week 2017.
The event, held at the Whyalla campus, included a variety of stalls from different organisations linked with mental health support including Centacare, Uniting Care Wesley, Headspace, Mission Australia and many more.
Different activities were offered including arts and crafts, sensory objects, and face-painting, with important information about mental health readily available.
Project Officer Michael Watkins said it was great to see so many organisations from around South Australia join forces to promote awareness about mental health.
“I think it’s a great platform to showcase how everyone is working together, and what each organisation has to offer in terms of mental health support,” he said.
“In particular I think Headspace and student organisation Batyr have some great sensory activities going on.
“Centacare have a great engaging stall as well where they help people make dream catchers, that’s something unique that we haven’t seen before.
Mental Health Academic Lee Martinez said events like the Wellness Festival were an important opportunity to raise awareness about mental health week.
“We want to celebrate people’s mental health rather than the negative attitudes that can come with it sometimes,” she said. “A healthy way of looking after your mind is getting involved in your community.”