Indigenous BBQ for mental health

Indigenous people are invited to come along to a friendly and relaxed free BBQ lunch at the Cabbage Tree Island Community Centre on Monday, May 31, from 11.30am till 2.30pm. A free Community Transport bus will depart at 11.15am from Bullinah Health Service at 120 Tamar Street, Ballina and will return after the BBQ.

The day has been organised by New Horizons, Indigenous Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Gumargi programs. Community support worker with New Horizons, Craig Tozer said that the aim of the day was to raise community awareness about the facts and impacts of depression and mental illness.

“If someone is suffering from mental illness or depression, the impacts are quite heavy and can affect the whole community,” Mr Tozer said. “There is a big stigma surrounding mental illness and we hope to give people in communities a better understanding of the facts – this can help them to identify and support people in their communities with mental illness.”

Mr Tozer said it was important to build strong relationships between the Indigenous community and the Indigenous support services at New Horizons.

“It’s important that we get to know the names and faces of the people in the community and build trust and rapport – then people can feel comfortable to approach us and make appointments to come and see us if they think they need help.”

New Horizons welcomes feedback on how their support services can better support your needs to have a healthy mind & spirit. For more information, phone Craig Tozer on 6626 0000.


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