A focus on positive mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of Southern Downs Regional Council’s promotion and involvement in the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week.

The annual event – which will run from Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October – aims to promote the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing at home, at work and at play. Councillor for Health, Cultural Diversity and Learning Neil Meiklejohn says no one should take mental health for granted. “It’s so important to value your mental health and make sure you’re taking those steps to improve and maintain your own well-being,” he says. “Keep an eye on those around you and encourage loved ones, friends and colleagues to make the most of the opportunities life presents them.”

The council has prepared a calendar of events to foster positive mental health and encourage the region to come together through events, conversations and activities. It has also identified six steps that have been proven to boost wellbeing, including being active, continuing to learn, giving and connecting to others, taking notice, and caring for the planet.

Councillor Meiklejohn says Queensland Mental Health Week is the perfect opportunity to get involved with the wellbeing of the wider community. “You could find your rhythm at a drumming workshop or spend the day long-boarding around the Condamine river walk,” he says. “Let’s all get involved and make the mental health of our community a priority.”

The full Mental Health calendar of events is available online. For more information about Mental Health Week, visit the Queensland Mental Health Week website.

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