Mental Health Festival workshops – day one | PHOTOS

Positive mental health was high on the agenda at the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre (ILC) on Thursday as staff and students hosted community workshops as part of their 2017 Mental Health Festival.

Day one consisted of 16 different workshops being held right across town including hip hop, meditation, yoga, cooking and lots more.

Anyone was able to partake in the activities for a gold coin donation, which will go towards projects at the Naracoorte ILC.

After a huge day of creating, learning, inspiration and exercise, the Mental Health Festival moved into the Naracoorte Town Hall where former Naracoorte resident and world famous stuntwoman Ky Furneaux gave a presentation at 7pm on ‘bouncing back’ from her personal and work life and how to build resilience. 

Youth Mental Health Ambassadors from schools all around the SE also gave presentations at the town hall on their workshops held during the day.

Friday is set to be jam-packed as well with a free expo to be held from 9am until 3pm for school students and the wider community in the town square and town hall. 

High school motivational speaker and youth coach Nathan Hulls will conduct numerous workshops during the day focusing on how to overcome adversity, follow your dreams and achieve success.

In total, around 30 mental health services such as StandBy Response, Brain Gym, Ignition Youth and Smiles All Round are expected to be present at the expo to speak to anyone interested in finding out more information.

The Mental Health Festival will finish with a community family fun day to be held from 10am until 3pm on Saturday at the Naracoorte High School.

As well as games, stalls and plenty of food options, the event will include a ‘colour run’ where participants will be showered in colourful paint while running laps of the school oval. 

The cost is $10 per person and the first 100 people to register will receive a free umbrella for the second main attraction of the day, which is a Guinness World Record Attempt at the most people to sing ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ in one place. 

The record is set to take place at noon and around 2000 people are needed to break the previous record set.

To find out more information about the Mental Health Festival, contact the Naracoorte ILC on 8762 2011.

Alternatively, check out the Mental Health Festival on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram with hashtags #togetherwebounceback and #mhf17.