ENGAGAING in play, being creative, connecting with others and having fun are some of the simplest and most effective methods for ensuring we stay mentally healthy.
In a series of free workshops spearheaded by Life Matters: Holistic Counselling – held to coincide with Mental Health Week (MHW) – local community members will be guided to paint their aura, culminating in an “Our Community Aura” artwork.
The three-hour workshops are free for the public and will be held from 6-11 October, beginning at 9am and 2pm each day.
The 2019 MHW theme is “we all have a role to play” and the collective piece will serve as a visual expression of connections which exist between individuals known to one another, as well as unknown persons from the wider community.
Susan Joy Walter, of Life Matters: Holistic Counselling, said she took mental and emotional wellbeing seriously.
She said she believed that engaging in art recreationally or purely for enjoyment, entertainment or pleasure assisted us in maintaining good mental health throughout life.
“Whether you are actively engaging such as when painting a picture or receptively engaging such as when viewing an exhibition, as little as two hours per week of arts engagement can positively benefit your overall mental wellbeing,” she said.
Attendees are required to phone Susan on 0421 716 742 to book a place in the workshops as numbers are limited.
For each workshop held, all materials and morning or afternoon tea will be provided.
If you are currently concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, please remember that Lifeline (13 11 14) and the Mental Health Services Helpline (1800 332 388) are available for immediate mental health advice, assessment and referral.
Caption: Life Matters: Holistic Counselling counsellor Susan Joy Walters and friend Susan Buchanan preparing for Mental Health Week 2019.