Rural Therapies — 16 June 2017


A NEW initiative in Stawell is aiming to tackle one of Australia’s top three leading causes of disease – mental illness.

Grampians Community Health is hosting the Improving Mental Wellbeing workshop and will address issues such as the development of mental illnesses, coping with symptoms and support networks.

VicHealth manager of mental wellbeing, Irene Verins, said the workshop would bring together community members and key stakeholders from across the region.

“The workshop will identify best ways to keep our community mentally well and work towards improving mental wellbeing and preventing mental illness,” she said.

“At VicHealth we see mental wellbeing as the embodiment of social and emotional wellbeing – not merely the absence of mental illness.”

One in every five Australians will experience mental illness each year.

“Mental wellbeing is a dynamic state in which people are able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build positive and respectful relationships with others, and meaningfully contribute to the community,” Ms Verins said.

“The workshop will explore this, focusing on keeping members of our community feeling safe, connected and resilient. These discussions will improve and put more value on the mental wellbeing in our community.”


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