Music and laughter for your mind

Lismore-based Indonesian artist Aris Prabawa (left) and The Shed Activity Group from MHARS busily painting the banner promoting the Move 4 Your Mind concert.

A good laugh is good for your health, including your mental well-being, so keep your body and mind in shape and get along to Move 4 Your Mind, an evening of music, comedy, dance and magic being held next Friday, October 13, at Coorabell Hall as part of Mental Health Week.

This not-for-profit event is being hosted by the Mental Health Accommodation and Rehabilitation Service (MHARS), which provides crisis accommodation and other vital services for people with mental illnesses in Lismore, Mullumbimby and Ballina. All proceeds will go towards providing support to people experiencing mental illness.

The theme for Mental Health Week 2006 is Relationships at Work and Play and activities like maintaining a dynamic social life, healthy food and laughter are being promoted as essential elements of good mental health.

As a community we need to be proactive about sowing the seeds of good mental health in all of us, said Andrew Hamilton, community support worker for MHARS. This event is an opportunity to celebrate connection, community, good health and great fun all fundamental ingredients for keeping our mental well-being in top shape.

Andrew said people suffering from mental illness often feel cut off from the rest of society and feeling part of the community and having a healthy social environment reduces depression and increases motivation.

Move 4 Your Mind will feature percussionist extraordinaire Greg Sheehan and his new band GreenLife, singers Mr Percival and Melania Jack, Juzzie Smith with his steel guitar, didgeridoo and harmonica, and magician and professional circus freak Danger Boy. The Echos entertainment writer, local comedian S Sorrensen, will MC the event and provide some extra giggles.

The gig begins at 7pm aand snacks will be available. Tickets are $7/5 at the door. For more information phone MHARS on 6621 4122.

For full details of local activities happening during Mental Health Week see the special feature on pages 26 and 27 of this weeks Echo.

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