Mental Health Month is celebrated every October in NSW and Coffs Harbour’s Harry Bailey Memorial Library is running a series of events to help everyone think about our own and others mental health and wellbeing.
This year, the theme for Mental Health Month is ‘Share the Journey’.
Share the Journey means – telling your friends and family when things are a bit tough – finding others who have been through something similar – connecting with your community – finding a health professional you trust – connecting on social media – giving your pet a cuddle – organisations working together for the best possible wellbeing of everyone – sharing your stories with others – creating a sense of security within families and communities – reaching out to someone who might need your help – decreasing the isolation people feel when things aren’t great
“This message is important – isolation has a huge impact on the wellbeing of people whose mental health isn’t as great as they’d like it to be,” said Roslyn Cousins, Council’s Library Team Leader. “We can all share the journey to make things a little easier, to make communities as supportive as possible, to make good mental health a bit more accessible for everyone.”
On Tuesday, October 22, there will be a ‘Share The Journey’ Community Storytelling Event at Harry Bailey Memorial Library. This will feature local people who have lived – or are living with – a mental health challenge and the courage to share their story. The event is being presented by Connection Works Australia.
To secure your place, go to https://www.connectionworksaustralia.com/tc-events/share-the-journey-mental-health-stories/
Author Nicki Jeffrey will also be visiting Storytime at 11am in the library on Wednesday, October, 23, and holding a talk on her book – ‘Encouraging Mums with Hope’ – on Thursday, October 24, at 6pm.
Nicki’s book is a source of support for Mums dealing with postnatal mental health concerns. It targets all aspects of the journey – body, mind, soul and spirit – and offers both practical advice and wisdom Mums who have been there and healthcare professionals.
Light refreshments will be served, and Nicki’s book will be on sale.
Bookings are essential – https://nicki-jeffery-author-talk.eventbrite.com.au