As Mental Health Month draws to a close, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is reminding residents of the importance of ensuring the community unites and takes a collective responsibility for mental well-being.
Ms Cooke joined staff and clients from Wellways in Young recently, for a game of barefoot bowls to advocate for greater awareness around mental health, and to promote the importance of seeking guidance, and offering support to those in need.
“The theme for Mental Health Month has been “We All Have a Role to Play”, which has emphasised the need to support one and other when it comes to mental well-being,” Ms Cooke said.
“This event hosted by the amazing Wellways team, was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness around improved mental health outcomes, and the need for us all to address this crucial matter, both in terms of seeking help, and providing it to each other.
“It was such a good reminder about the little things we can all do to look after our mental well-being; whether it be reaching out to friends, going for a run, spending some time with family, or playing sports, there’s many different ways in which we can maintain our mental health when things are becoming tough or a little over-whelming.
“Mental health is an integral aspect of our well-being, and this get-together served as a reminder that every individual plays a role in fostering a compassionate and supportive community.
“Mental Health Month may be over for 2023, but the message “We All Have a Role to Play” is something we should remember each and every month of the year.
“It’s not just about raising awareness; it’s a call to action, encouraging the community to unite and take a collective responsibility for mental health,” she said.