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12th October 2020

Celebrating Mental Health Week in the Goldfields

This week we celebrate Mental Health Week, a national cause dedicated to increasing the mental health and wellbeing of West Australian communities. 

World Mental Health Day kicked off the week on October 10th. This year’s theme for Mental Health Week is ‘Strengthening Our Community – Live, Learn, Work, Play.’

According to lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au, 1 in 5 Aussies are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.

With all the stress this year has brought, prioritising our mental health and wellbeing is extremely vital. The message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

Our community has come together to bring awareness on mental health and break the stigma by hosting a range of events and activities across the Goldfields over the week. 

Mates 4 Mates Goldfields-Esperance completed a morning ‘Walk for Awareness’ at Centennial Park on Saturday in honour of World Mental Health Day. The day received a great turn out with our Goldfields community coming together after their walk to support the Something Pink Ride for Breast Cancer.

Something Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ride Mates 4 Mates Goldfields Esperance We Love KB

Credit: Kathy Nikolaenko

The friendly staff at Hannans North Tourist Mine have committed to the ‘Colour Your Hair for Mental Health’ campaign this year, completing a fundraising mission of $500 with all proceeds going to Neuroscience Research Australia. To find out more, find their fundraiser here

Hannans North Tourist Mine Colour Your Hair for Mental Health We Love KB

Credit: Hannans North Tourist Mine

 

Act Belong Commit and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group are hosting ‘Planting Positive’ on October 17th, from 9 till 11 am at Karlkurla Park’s community nursery. This event will include a light morning tea, prizes and giveaways. Free activities featured on the day include propagating, potting and weed walking, pet cacti, kindness rocks and milk bottle garden elephants. 

Act Belong Commit KBULG WE Love KB

Credit: Act Belong Commit

 

If you feel like a trip out of the city, experience Leonora and their community spirit with a week jammed packed full of activities celebrating Mental Health Week! 

Starting on Monday the 12th, enjoy a 9am ‘Walk for Life’ kicking off at Leonora CRC, followed by a BBQ breakfast at the local Football Oval. 

Thursday the 15th greets us with the Blue Tree Project at Leonora High School from 11 till 1pm, followed by a candlelight vigil at 6:30pm. 

Enjoy an end to the week with a community BBQ and pool party on Friday night. Get in touch with Leonora Shire Council to find out more about the amazing range of events this week.

Leonora We Love KB

Credit: Leonora Shire Council

 

We are so lucky to have a like-minded community supporting this important cause. Use the hashtag #welovekb on Facebook and Instagram to share your celebrations this Mental Health Week!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB