Get involved in Mental Health Week
ISSUES affecting mental health services in the region will be brought to the forefront next week as part of the 2012's Mental Health Week.
The annual event, which aims to raise awareness about mental health, was designed to support patients and their carers across the country.
Uniting Care disability lifestyle co-ordinator Kathy Molnar-Simpson said a wide range of events would be held throughout the Fraser Coast as part of Mental Health Week.
"Different organisations and groups will be holding events throughout the week," Mrs Molnar-Simpson said.
"There will be hands-on activities and group walks in both Hervey Bay and Maryborough, as well as other events later in the week.
"They all aim to show people that mental health is important to the Fraser Coast, and will hopefully inspire people to make a difference."
Mental Health Week was also a time to shine a light on the lack of services available in the Fraser Coast, she said.
"The thing with mental health is that you either recover or you don't," she said.
"And part of recovering is having the right services there and the right facilities.
"At the moment we only have a mental health ward in Maryborough, which leaves a lot of people in other areas without access to these vital services."
Mrs Molnar-Simpson said a wide range of events had been planned to help raise awareness about mental health in the region.
"The aim of the week is to show people that mental health is important," she said.
"It's an issue that's not going away, and it affects the entire community."
A forum was held at the University of Southern Queensland yesterday in the lead-up to Mental Health Week, to educate students about the impacts of mental health.
Activities and information sessions were held by organisations from across the Fraser Coast including Richmond Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia, Centacare, Headspace, Neighbourhood Centre, Lifeline and Queensland Mental Health.
USQ councillor Jenny Gunn said the information session gave students a chance to learn more about the ins and outs of mental health services.
"We had organisations on the campus sharing their information and knowledge with the students," Ms Gunn said.
"It's important for everyone to learn about mental health, because people can find themselves under a lot of pressure during their day-to-day lives.
"When people are having a tough time they can experience some of the effects of mental health problems, which is why it's important to raise awareness about them."
More events will be held in the Fraser Coast for Mental Health Week from October 7 to 13.
Mental Health Week events
Oct 8 - Community Walk in Hervey Bay from Scarness Park to Ernie Organ Park
Oct 10 - Richmond PRA Open Day, 10.30am to 2.30pm, at 46 Alice St, Pialba, Hervey Bay
Oct 11 - Market Day Activities on the Town Hall Green, Maryborough
Oct 12 - Community Walk in Maryborough at Wharf St