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Splash of colour brings mental health awareness

The fountain in Bourbong Street will turn purple for Queensland Mental Health Week
The fountain in Bourbong Street will turn purple for Queensland Mental Health Week

One of Bundaberg’s most iconic landmarks has been coloured purple to raise awareness of mental health during Queensland Mental Health Week

Queensland Mental Health Week will commence on World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10 October, and hundreds of events, activities and conversations will take place in celebration during the following week.

Bundaberg Regional Council is proud to join this awareness raising initiative by turning the Bourbong Street Fountain purple.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the eye-catching fountain colour change would be a timely reminder for residents to stop and consider this important issue.

“It’s so essential that all residents make time to consider not only their own mental health but the wellbeing of those around them as well,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“In keeping with the theme of Mental Health Week let’s all take a moment to focus on our health and wellbeing and support our friends and family through any difficulties they may be facing.

“We have two great local events organised to celebrate the week and I encourage residents to participate.”

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.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said COVID-19 restrictions meant many events had moved online, making them more accessible to a larger range of people.

“Learning the skills to build positive wellbeing is ever-more important to every single Queenslander, because the pandemic’s effects are felt by everyone,” Mr Frkovic said.

“Many organisations will host Queensland Mental Health Week events online this year, but there are also plenty of COVID-safe in-person activities.”

To learn more and get involved in Queensland Mental Health Week, visit qldmentalhealthweek.org.au. There are over 240 events being held statewide, including two Bundaberg events.

Sunday 11 October, 9am – Found! Art prize, exhibition trail and dog walk – more info

Saturday 17 October, 2pm – ‘Come n Try' with Bundy Dragons – more info

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