Stress Less in the Park 2017
‘Stress Less in the Park’ is a great community event celebrating Mental Health Week. It is being held on the Alice Springs Hospital Lawns, Stuart Terrace on Friday 13 October from 9am-1pm.
A number of local health, wellbeing and social service providers will be joining the event to show the services that are available in Central Australia who can assist and support those with mental health concerns. Now in its 4th year ‘Stress Less in the Park’ has become a regular feature in the Alice Springs calendar, and allows the stigma around Mental Health issues to be lessened.
“This event brings together many Alice Springs organisations and agencies whose programs support those with mental illness to provide a fun and interesting day with activities and give-aways, free pancakes, sausage sangas, and refreshments.
The aim of this event is to promote positive mental health and social and emotional wellbeing to the wider community. We encourage families, consumers and carers to get some additional information and use these supports. We invite the whole community to enjoy a fun day in this lovely park, whilst de-stigmatising mental wellbeing.
We have Mental Health Central Australia Health Service, Australian Regional and Remote Community Services, Drug and Alcohol Services Australia, Employment Assistance Services, Mission Australia, Menzies School of Health, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Ngangkari, Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Service, the Gap Youth and Community Centre, Lifeline Central Australia, Congress, YMCA, Mental Health Association of Central Australia, headspace, Alice Springs Youth Accommodation Services, just to name a few bringing their information and support on this day.” Says Pam Acres from the Stress Less in the Park Committee.
At the event there will be a range of wellbeing activities, school children’s program of exercises with the YMCA and a Yellow Brick Road Activity, which is aimed at early intervention for emotional concerns that young people may have for themselves, or their friends. We know that anxiety is a major concern around exam time and that bullying affects many school children and their families.
Once again there will be entertainment including the Clown Doctors, Drum Atweme and the Music Corner featuring Banta from MHACA, and other musicians, interactive activities at all the stalls and lots of giveaways. CAAMA radio will be broadcasting live from the event and holding interviews with our local organisations.
“Our aim is that this event encourages early help-seeking and removes shame and stigma from mental health issues. Empowering people with knowledge that support is available, is so important” says Pam.
Food and refreshments will be available through the day, including free pancakes, sausage sizzle and cup of tea in our shady catering area, thanks to the kind contribution by the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park and the Lions Club of Alice Springs.
So join us for some relaxing fun on Friday 13 October at the Alice Springs Hospital Lawns, from 9am-1pm!
For more information visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stresslessinthepark
Pam Acres, Stress Les in the Park Committee, 0412916226 or Pamela.Acres@nt.gov.au