Connecting with Community Expo in Devonport

The Connecting with Community Expo was held to help spread the message – we all have a role to play in supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Anglicare hosted the expo in the Devonport mall on World Mental Health Day (October 10).

The expo featured interactive displays, live music, and a healthy food session conducted by Henry Terry, celebrity local truffle farmer (and pictured on stage with Anglicare’s Kristy Clark). It encouraged Tasmanians to take care of their mental and physical health, and to seek support if needed – the earlier the better.

“All of us have a role to play in being there for our family, neighbours and friends,” said Anglicare CEO Chris Jones.

“A big part of this is making it OK to talk about mental health – to check in with each other – to check in for a mental health check up with a GP – and to make it as easy as possible for people to access the information and services they need”.

Special guests at the expo were the mayor of Devonport, Councillor Annette Rockcliff. As well as Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff, in his role as Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Mental illness is very common. One in five Australians experience a mental illness in any year.

In the North West, Anglicare provides mental health recovery and rehabilitation support. We also provide services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme through the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency).

Across the region we work with schools to support students through the Taz Kids program. When a young person has a parent with a mental illness, they can have a lot of questions and concerns. Anglicare provides Tazkids clubs and Tazkids camps. Kids can get good answers and information, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

To find out how you can get support for yourself or others visit Anglicare’s mental health services or call 1800 243 232.

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