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Phoenix House to host mental health picnic

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The You Are Not Alone picnic will be organised by Phoenix House as part of Queensland Mental Health Week.

Phoenix House will soon host the You Are Not Alone picnic at Boreham Park, raising community awareness during Queensland Mental Health Week.

Run each year in October, Queensland Mental Health Week aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing.

Phoenix House Educational Lead and Counsellor Joanne Lamond said the You Are Not Alone picnic event would explore a range of different techniques while motivating locals to think more about their mental health.

“The team at Phoenix House are excited to create awareness and understanding of mental health in the community,” Joanne said.

“The fun and interactive activities will explore CBT Therapy, grounding techniques, self-care, boundary settings and the fight and flight response system.

“We want to remind everyone that it is normal to struggle sometimes with your mental health, and when it happens know that you don’t have to do it alone.

“We want to motivate, inspire, and encourage the community to think more about their mental health in a positive, meaningful way.”

Joanne said that while the event will support those who are going through a mental health struggle, they encourage the entire community to attend, as some may be supporting others.

“Through this community event we want those who are going through a mental health struggle or is supporting someone who is, to know that they are not alone,” Joanne said.

“We hope people know there are support services out there and people who care.”

Through the event Phoenix House hope to:

  • Promote activities that enhance mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing
  • Reduce stigma associated with mental illness by raising awareness
  • Provide information about mental health or wellbeing services
  • Celebrate individuals who make your community unique
  • Make connections with partners or the local community
  • Encourage help-seeking and self-care

The picnic, to be held on Wednesday 12 October at 9 am, is a free event suited to all ages with a sausage sizzle also available.

You can find out more about Phoenix House here.

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