Published On 19 October 2020 at 09:00 AM
Local residents are being given an opportunity to boost their personal wellbeing and receive tips on supporting mental health through a host of programs being staged by Sutherland Shire Council as part of this month’s ‘Tune In Festival’.
In support of national ‘Mental Health Month’, Council is offering a host of in person and online activities throughout October such as art workshops, bushwalking, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness programs and seminars that focus on resilience, nutrition, hope and managing stress.
The closing event will celebrate ‘Mental Health Month’ through music, with an online concert featuring Sydney-based charity ‘Mostly Mad Music’ and local musician Dylan Wright on Saturday 31 October.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson said he hoped the events inspire discussion and raise community awareness of mental health.
“Regardless of whether you have a lived experience of mental health challenges or not, these programs provide the opportunity to develop skills and insights to support mental wellbeing in our everyday lives,” Mayor Simpson said.
“Now more than ever many in our community may be experiencing personal hardship and loneliness as we navigate theses uncertain circumstances, so it is more important than ever to understand what local support is available for anyone who may need it.”
Council has partnered with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District through St George & Sutherland Community Mental Health Service to launch the ‘Tune in Festival’ this month.
“St George & Sutherland Mental Health Service is excited to be a partner in the ‘Tune In Festival’ for Mental Health Month 2020 and we have planned a great variety of online and face to face events to support and promote mental health and wellbeing for our community,” St George and Sutherland Mental Health Service Community Development Coordinator Angela Crow said.
“Especially at this time, ‘tuning in’ is so important for resilient communities, families, and individuals.
“It’s fabulous to be able to offer such a wide range of events in such a flexible way which is sure to suit everyone.”
In addition to support provided by Council St George & Sutherland Community Mental Health Service, the program of events has also drawn the backing of a range of peak mental health and community service organisations including Headspace, The Disability Trust, New Horizons, 3Bridges Community, and Trusted Support.
Sutherland Shire Council is committed to delivering support programs that care for the community and improve mental health and wellbeing for all. The Sutherland Shire ‘Tune In Festival’ is an opportunity to come together, build resilience and raise awareness about mental health and local support available.
To find out more about Council’s ‘Tune In Festival’ and to register for events, visit: sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/TuneIn2020