A forum at the Byron Bay Community Centre tomorrow aims to engage people on the tough subject of mental health.
The all-day free event will be one of the first forums in the region that is focused on holistic wellbeing and mental health, according to conference organisers, non-profit community service provider New Horizons.
Keynote speakers at the forum, which begins at 9.30am, include Black Dog Institute’s creative director Matthew Johnstone, and founder of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign, Professor Robert Donovan.
Workshops will include everything from art therapy and laughter yoga to comedy workshops and healthy lifestyle tips.
‘Journey to Wellness is a cornerstone event for starting a healthy conversation about mental health in the Tweed and Byron communities,’ New Horizons CEO Judi Higgin said.
‘The day is designed to be fun and engaging, while increasing an understanding of mental health issues.
‘We believe that through strong community links, we can better improve quality of life.’
NSW mental health commissioner John Feneley reflects on the importance of community as Mental Health Month draws to a close.
‘By coming together to support those among us with a mental illness, we have the opportunity to make a real difference,’ Mr Feneley said.
The Journey to Wellness forum is open to the public, but numbers are strictly limited.
For registration or more information, contact Community Support Worker Mark Eather on 02 6626 0009.