Community embraces Mental Health Week

MORE than 800 community members embraced positive mental health when they flocked to Glenorchy LINC to take part in the Stronger Together Expo.

Held as part of Mental Health Week (8-14 October), the event provided a chance for people to participate in activities promoting positive mental health, as well as talk to a range of support organisations and groups.

The Stronger Together Expo was made possible through support from the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, Mental Health Week Grants Program, Glenorchy City Council and Glenorchy LINC.

Twenty-nine support services were in attendance at the event, with Glenorchy LINC also presenting a fun virtual reality experience.

Among the range of programs featured at the expo was ‘26TEN Glenorchy LEARNs: building a learning community’ – a program delivered by 26TEN in partnership with the Glenorchy City Council.

Adopting a whole of community approach, the project addresses the learning needs, issues and challenges present in the community.

Project coordinator Toni Shea-Butler said she was very busy at the expo talking with visitors.

“Lots of people and organisations are asking for information on supporting people with literacy and learning,” she said.

“They can definitely see the value in having learning supported and encouraged.

“Too many adult Tasmanians are held back because their reading, writing, numeracy and speaking skills are not enough for the demands of daily life and work.”

26TEN changes this by helping businesses, community groups, government, educators and individuals to work together so all adults have the skills they need.

Glenorchy City Council also facilitated an interactive activity stall that catered for community consultation on Safer Communities.

Visitors were encouraged to talk about their ideas and provide feedback on what council has been doing in this space.

Community development officer – safer communities Lisa Rudd drew people to the stand with artwork that had been started recently as part of the Wave Action project.

This project creates connected communities where people acknowledge each other’s presence with a simple wave of the hand.

The terracotta clay artwork attracted both children and several adults to engage with Lisa.

“Art creates a non-threatening atmosphere which brings people together to talk about issues,” she said.

The artwork will be dried and a competition held to determine where it will be displayed in the community.

Caption: 26TEN Glenorchy LEARNs project coordinator Toni Shea-Butler.

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