Share a Cuppa this World Mental Health Day at Thyme on the Lake

This coming World Mental Health Day (October 10) Carers SA on the Limestone Coast are inviting you to a morning tea at one of the region’s premium venues, Thyme @ the Lakes. Share a cuppa with your community and find out more about what it is like to live with mental illness and learn from families and friends.

The morning tea will go from 10.30am-12.30pm and guest speakers include Mr Philip Galley from Focus One Health, and Mr Richard Dalefield. You’ll need to book your place on 8724 8700.

Country Health SA Acting Director of Mental Health Strategic Operations, Ruth McPhail, congratulated the many community groups across regional South Australia that are holding events during Mental Health Week.

“Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to create greater awareness of mental illness in the community.

“Making mental health a part of everyday conversation is crucial to reducing the stigma of mental illness.

“Anyone can experience feelings of anxiety or depression from time to time, but if these feelings start to interfere with a person’s wellbeing, it’s important they know where to go and who to approach to seek the right information, treatment and support.

“I congratulate the Carers SA for helping build greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues, encouraging members of the community to look after their mental health and making it clear that it is okay to ask for help.”

Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) Executive Director Geoff Harris says that knowing where you can find mental health support in smaller communities is vital.

“In a community where everyone knows every one it can be hard to share that you are struggling with your mental health as you don’t want it become everyone’s business,” said Harris.

“However the greatest support and strength you can find is in your community.

“Each year we support Mental Health Week events in the regions and rural South Australia to help communities grow their understanding of mental health, how they can support each other and where to find more support and services.”

The Mental Health Coalition of SA is the peak body of the non-government community mental health sector and coordinates Mental Health Week from October 7 – 13. With Country Health SA they have awarded 19 regional grants to communities for local events that promote mental health and wellbeing.