October was Mental Health Month and a perfect opportunity for our Outreach and Suicide Prevention teams to be out and about in the community.
Liz, Jess, Nalini and Wendy were constantly on the move, making sure they were available to provide information and a listening ear at various events, including:
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School Mental Health Day, supporting students from Years 7-11 with interaction through flash cards and games to improve their knowledge of Lifeline and suicide prevention. Students learned about providers outside of school and broadened their horizons about mental health services in addition to the school support team.
An Anti-Poverty Week barbecue hosted by The Rev Bill Crews Foundation at the Liverpool Uniting Church Community Hub, supported by Liverpool City Council. Our Outreach team was on hand for a conversation and to share information about Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney's services.
The Southern Highlands Suicide Prevention Program’s annual remembrance event, Hearts in the Park, at Leighton Gardens, Moss Vale. Thousands of hearts were placed across Leighton Gardens with each heart representing an Australian life lost to suicide. We were honoured to be present as community members remembered a loved one or contributed to the fight against stigma around mental health and suicide.
The Claymore Mental Health Event
Gamble Awareness at Safe Haven
The launch of the Living Library Collection, a collaboration between WayAhead and the South West Sydney Local Health District (see Living Library - WayAhead).
Mental Health Day Gala Day at Warwick Farm.
A Mental Health Presentation at Miller TAFE to 120 students enrolled in community services courses.