The Mental Health team at Queanbeyan Hospital will host a ‘Share a Cuppa’ morning tea on Thursday 18 October from 10.30 am to 11.30 am, and everyone is welcome to the free event at the Queanbeyan Library.
Southern NSW Local Health District’s Director Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Cherie Puckett, said October is Mental Health Month and the cuppa and chat session is part of a display at the library from 15 – 19 October.
“This year’s Mental Health Month theme is ‘Share the Journey’ and that’s what our display and Share a Cuppa morning tea is all about,” Ms Puckett said.
“We’re inviting everyone, to come and have a chat.
“By encouraging people and communities to connect with others we hope they’ll recognise how important social connections are for mental health and wellbeing.
“Unfortunately, we have many demands on our attention and time, and more people experience loneliness in Australia than ever before.
“For those experiencing or living with mental ill health, loneliness can be far worse as individuals can face social exclusion, stigma and discrimination.
“It’s important as many people as possible know what mental ill health is and what can be done to support people because, even if it’s not an issue right now, it might be one day for you or someone you know,” she said.
Ms Puckett said nearly half of all Australians, or 45 per cent, experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that didn’t would most likely know someone that did.
Queanbeyan library is located at 6 Rutledge Street.