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World Mental Health Day is today!

With one in five Australians being affected by mental health issues annually, it is the day to be raising awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

Today the city of Townsville has had a call to action. The positive light towards the issue will be shown at Bunnings Warehouse in Fairfield Waters from 4pm with over 2000 registered participants wearing high visibility vests.

This event is looking to break a Guinness World Record of ‘the most people wearing high-visibility vests at a single venue.’ There are over 50 local Townsville organisations that have volunteered their time to hold the event.

There will be activities for families and kids, celebrity guest appearances such as John Asiata from the North Queensland Cowboys, and former boxer and NRL player Joe Williams.

It is important to remember that mental health is just as important as our physical health, and that they work hand in hand. A bad knee may result in a trip to the doctors just the same as bad thoughts should lead to a counsellor or psychologist.

Mental health issues are not uncommon. You are not alone. There are many ways to reach out, whether it’s to a mate, a partner, a family member or a professional.

For help, support or more information contact:

Beyond Blue Support Service – 1300 22 4636


Lifeline – 13 11 14

Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800

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