A range of free events designed to uplift, educate, build resilience and help people connect with others are being held by Northern Beaches Council in October to celebrate Mental Health Month.
Around 50 per cent of Australians will be affected by a mental health-related condition in their lifetime. For those experiencing or living with mental illness, loneliness can be overwhelming and affect all aspects of wellbeing.
Help break down the social stigma surrounding mental illness by booking in for one of the following events.
Mental Health Awareness Workshops
Wednesday 4 October, 6 - 8.30pm at Dee Why RSL
Wednesday 18 October, 6 - 8.30pm at Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen
Learn about the common warning signs of mental health issues and how to offer support. Light supper provided. Bookings are essential.
Cancer Journey Workshops: A Holistic Approach
Thursday 5 October, 6.30 – 7.30pm at Dee Why Library
Tuesday 10 Oct, 11.30 – 12.30pm at Mona Vale Library
Join three-time cancer survivor Chad Walkaden to learn about a therapeutic program for people with cancer which is designed to complement oncology medicine for a better quality of life. Bookings are essential.
Laughter Yoga Workshops
Saturday 14 October, 8.30 - 10am at Avalon Annexe
Saturday 28 October, 8.30 - 10am at Queenscliff SLSC
Enjoy 60 minutes of gentle breathing and stretching exercises and loads of laughs, followed by a light breakfast. Bookings are essential.
Supporting Students’ Study, Stress and Memory Workshop: Feed Your Mind
Thursday 19 October, 5.30 - 7pm at Mona Vale Library
For students aged 14 – 25, local naturopath and clinical nutritionist Layla Metcalfe will explain how making healthy food choices can help manage stress and increase memory and study performance. Includes delicious samples. Bookings are essential.
Odd Socks Week
Monday 2 – Sunday 8 October
Pull on your odd socks and join Northern Beaches and Mosman Councils to help stomp out the stigma surrounding mental illness. The Odd Socks campaign demonstrates that being ‘odd’ is really normal and encourages people to reach out for support. Help us to reach as many people as possible by visiting our KALOF Facebook page and following instructions.
To book into any of our Mental Health Month events, please use the links above or visit our What’s On Calendar.