Mental Health Week planning committee member and lived experience worker for Red Cross Fams Shelly Green at the Walk for Wellness on Tuesday, October 7 2014 in Rockhampton. Photo Madeline McDonald / The Morning Bulletin
Mental Health Week planning committee member and lived experience worker for Red Cross Fams Shelly Green at the Walk for Wellness on Tuesday, October 7 2014 in Rockhampton. Photo Madeline McDonald / The Morning Bulletin Madeline McDonald

Popping a piñata perfect therapy for depression

ROCKHAMPTON is breaking the stigma of mental health issues one piñata at a time.

Local organisations and residents took to the streets of Rockhampton yesterday to raise the issue of mental health in the community by participating in a Walk for Wellness and popping a piñata at the community festival.

Mental Health Week planning committee member and lived experience worker for Red Cross PHaMs Shelly Green said the aim of yesterday's Walk for Wellness and community festival was to bring attention to mental health in society.

Shelly said the aim of the Walk for Wellness was to bring awareness of mental health into the community.

"We walked through East St and used umbrellas during the walk to get people's attention and bring mental health into the community focus," she said. "The point of the umbrellas was to get people to notice us and want to know what we are walking for."

After the Walk for Wellness a community festival was held where a black cloud piñata was broken by two consumers who had suffered mental health issues.

"The piñata bashing was a really great activity that the committee thought of," she said.

"The black cloud piñata worked as a visual representation of depression and other mental issues." The Mental Health Week activities will continue with a Stakeholder open day today and a Q&A Community Forum on Friday.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, please contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or Lifeline on 131114.

IF YOU GO

Stakeholder Open Day Q&A session, MH Facility tour, barbecue and music. Time: 10am-noon Where: MHS Quarry St.

Q&A Community Forum Professionals answering your mental health questions Time: 10am-12.30pm Where: Walali Neighbourhood Centre, 14 Cambridge St.



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