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Queensland Mental Health Week at Ipswich Community Wellbeing Fair

November 15, 2021

More than 200 people came out to connect and check in with each other at Neami National’s Ipswich Community Wellbeing Fair held during Mental Health Week (9-17 October).

Neami is currently funded by Darling Down and West Moreton PHN to deliver low-intensity mental health services, primary care mental health services for people with severe mental health conditions, psychosocial supports and the Health Service Navigator.

Held on Sunday 17 October, Neami’s Living and Learning Centre team held the fair to raise awareness about the importance of looking after one’s mental health.

Living and Learning Centre Clinical Service Manager Tamara Graham said the theme of this year’s Queensland Mental Health Week – “take time for mental health” – encouraged people to consider their own mental health and wellbeing and to reach out for help when needed.

“Community connection and reaching out for support when needed can be a key factor in maintaining good mental health,” Tamara said.

“Holding an event like the Community Wellbeing Fair gives people an opportunity to find support and information in a friendly, supportive environment. Neami’s team of experienced mental health and wellbeing professionals hosted a stall on the day and really enjoyed connecting with members of the local community.”

The fair included a Welcome to Country performed by Aunty Sheryl Thomspon, a proud local elder of the Yuggera people, and a smoking ceremony, live music, food stalls, family activities such as an animal farm and face painting, an art showcase and wellbeing workshops.

Neami State Manager Karen Thomas thanked the organisations who funded and supported the event – Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, Ipswich City Council Minor Funding Program, Station Road Medical Centre, and Queensland Mental Health Week through the 2021 Queensland Mental Health Week Community Events Grant Program.