Iconic landmarks around Moreton Bay will light up from 10 to 18 October 2020 to help raise awareness for Queensland Mental Health Week.
Moreton Bay Regional Council is recognising and acknowledging the importance of mental wellbeing in everyday life, particularly the ongoing impact COVID-19 has had on the local community.
Lighting up the region in support, Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery said it was more important than ever to check in on the mental wellbeing of friends and family.
“To encourage conversation around the dinner table, we’re lighting up parts of Caboolture and Redcliffe the colours purple and green to signify positivity, empowerment, strength and support,” he said.
“We’re also hosting a free all-day wellness event for residents to take part in activities such as art classes and gallery tours, and participate in mental health talks at the Caboolture Hub on Monday 12 October.
“Or you can jump online for our ‘Cultivate Kindness’ workshop where you can learn practical ways to create greater harmony between yourself, your family and friends on Saturday 17 October.
“Locals are lucky to be just minutes away from our scenic coastal shores to the tranquil hinterland, so it’s easy to connect with nature or exercise outdoors - these are some of the best ways to reduce anxiety.
“The Moreton Bay community has been incredible in supporting and lifting each other up through this tough year, and I encourage people to continue looking out for one another whilst also checking in on their own mental wellbeing.”
Funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Queensland Mental Health Week is coordinated by CheckUP and delivered by a strong cross-sector collaboration.
The theme for 2020 is, ‘Take time – for mental health’, so Queenslanders are being encouraged to focus on the things that can sustain and maintain their wellbeing.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the week provided a welcome opportunity to promote individual and community mental health and wellbeing.
“During the week, people from across the state will come together through events and conversations to raise awareness and we encourage community members to support these activities and take time for their own mental health,” Ms Liddy said.
“The six building blocks of our mental health and wellbeing are: get healthy, keep learning, show kindness, connect more, take notice, and embrace nature.”
To see what’s on in Moreton Bay during Queensland Mental Health Week, visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Events/Mental-Health-Week