...When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy." - Ruby Wax
Mental illness is often a hidden disease in our community.
Community awareness for mental health reduces stigma and that awareness increases the chances of early intervention, which can result in a faster recovery.
One in five Australians will experience a period of mental illness in their lifetime. Some of the most common mental illnesses are anxiety disorder, depression and substance use disorders. This is a really concerning statistic and even if Rotary can do a small thing to assist in this area it is very worthwhile.
Last year Diamond Creek Rotary received a District Grant to run a Mental Health Forum and whilst some work has taken place behind the scenes, we now need to accelerate our activity in order to complete the task before the end of this Rotary year, although a new date has not yet been set.
Some planning has taken place and the format has been determined. It is planned to probably have three guest speakers and also to have a number of stall holders around the venue who can provide information to attendees. The stall holders will not just be mental health organisations, but also community groups who can offer opportunities and provide social outlets to those who may need an outlet or support.
Running this forum requires a considerable amount of work and I thank Bev, Stephany, Roger, Linda and Emerald for their work so far. Unfortunately Emerald has had to step down from the group, but we welcome Warwick on board. If you would like to help with this exciting project, or even if you have any ideas for potential stall holders, or ways to gain publicity, please let me know as your input would be welcome.
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