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Mental Health Week marked around the country

With Mental Health Week being marked with events around the country Red Cross is playing its part to raise awareness and discussion about this issue.

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Jessica - back on top after a Red Cross program supporting people with mental illness(ARC/Susan Cullinan).

Red Cross is driving or taking part in similar events right around Australia in line with our work to end the stigma of mental health issues, and to promote the participation of people with a mental illness in the community.

It's a week of being marked by mental health consumers, carers, clinicians and service agencies.

In Broome, Red Cross will lead a Fun Day on Thursday 8 October at Pioneer Park, Town Beach, where there will be stalls, activities, music, rides and plenty of information about how to look after our mental health and stay well.

Red Cross Kimberley Manager Loretta Bin Omar says it's a chance for the Broome community to eat together, listen to each other and help each other.

"They'll be able to get information on mental illness, who the service providers are and what services are available, so if you're in the area, come down to see us at Town Beach in Broome all day on Thursday!"

Meanwhile, still in northern Australia, at Red Cross in Rockhampton is organising a number of events.

There will be a Q&A-style forum on Friday about the impact of ice, alcohol and other drug use in the community.

Red Cross Service Manager Lesley Guys says it's a chance to share knowledge and have an honest conversation about the effects of drug and alcohol use in the local our community.

The event will be at Red Cross' Walali community centre. There's also a community wellness festival, a community lunch, community morning tea, a garden festival and the week ends with a Black Dog Ball.

In Maryborough there's a carers' forum, a golf day and a multicultural morning tea.

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