Time to 'value your mind' for Mental Health month
"VALUING your mind" is the theme for an all encompassing community event tomorrow to be held at Lismore's City Hall as part of October being Mental Health month.
NNSW LHD executive director of mental health and drug and alcohol, Richard Buss said the theme reminded us to nurture our mental wellbeing in the same way we maintain our physical and social health.
"The theme reminds each individual to ask themselves how they value their own mind and how they look after their mental health," he said.
Mr Buss said the theme was also aimed at promoting acceptance and an understanding of the impact that being proud of who we are, can have on our wellbeing.
"The day is about celebrating our strengths and differences with the aim of encouraging all of us to consider our strengths and challenges and to 'Value Your Mind'," he said.
"It is also aimed at reassuring us to take the opportunity to support the people in our lives and celebrate their own individual qualities that make them unique."
The event has been organised by Northern NSW Local Health District in conjunction with FSG Australia.
FSG stands for Freedom, Social Justice and Growth.
Janelle Pacey of FSG Australia said the organisation was honoured to have the opportunity to be sponsored by North Coast Partners In Recovery to co-ordinate this year's event.
"The official proceedings will take place from 10am with an opening address by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell," she said.
Other guest speakers include NSW Mental Health Commission Deputy Commissioner Bradley Foxlewin.
Partners in the event include The Buttery, B.well, On Track Community Programs (OTCP), GROW, headspace, Autism Spectrum Australia, New Horizons and Northern Rivers Social Development Council - Ability Links.
Guests and performances include Jenny Cargill-Strong story teller, Cape Byron Playback Theatre, Byron Youth Theatre, young songwriter of the year, Indigo Gebbett and The Cassettes, a 80s-themed flash mob dance crew.
There will also be high tea and a sausage sizzle.