Open discussion on mental fight

Healthy talks: A number of Terang and district community members, including Terang Men’s Shed and Terang Croquet Club members, met for a barbecue and a chat as part of the Wellways Mental Health Month roadshow event on Monday.

A CHANCE for a bite to eat and a chat about mental health were the main features of a workshop in Terang this week.

Representatives from Warrnambool-based mental health service provider Wellways stopped at the Terang Men’s Shed on Monday afternoon as part of the organisation’s roadshow as part of Mental Health Month.

About 20 community members, including Terang Men’s Shed members, Cooinda clients and Terang Croquet Club members enjoyed the free barbecue event.

Wellways peer facilitator Andrew Paton said the day was a chance for people to speak openly about their struggles with mental illness and understand where help is available.

“We’ve just gone into mental health rehabilitation,” he said.

“We also go out to secondary schools.”

The organisation’s third annual roadshow has provided support across the south west, including at Port Campbell and Penshurst, with stops also scheduled for Camperdown and Lake Bolac.

Cooinda general manager Phil Hose said the day was a positive way to remove the stigmas often associated with mental illness.

“It was a way for the general members of the public to understand people with mental illnesses are just like them,” he said.

“It was an opportunity for people to share their lived experiences.”

Available services through Wellways include family and carer support, youth services, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care.

For more information about the Wellways Mental Health Month roadshow, contact Tracey Morriss on 0417 777 016.

For more information on Wellways’ services, visit www.wellways.org.

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