A lot of our work at GP down south involves improving the mental health of our clients. In every single program, people who are vulnerable and risk of poor health outcomes will also have to deal with compromised mental health. So in October, we turn out and show up for a range of mental health events to show our communities that mental health matters.
For mental health week this year, we participated in and organised events in Mandurah, Collie, Manjimup and Busselton. We also support the Mental Health Consortium team in Bunbury.
The theme this year was: Where we live. How we live. What we’ve lived Much of what we do is place based and community is important, so here is what happened in our communities.
Busselton: Monday 10 October – annual foreshore yoga with a Jetty walk. We were also really lucky to have Aunty Gloria conduct a Welcome to Country followed by the singing group Wardan Warangkiny. This year we partnered with:
Busselton Dunsborough Alliance Against Depression
Jon Eddy Roses in the Ocean (Safe Space Busselton)
Multi Cultural Society of WA
We also had Mongolian Dancers from the MCSWA. It was a blaze of colour and culture.
Thanks once again to our sponsors and supporters – particularly the City of Busselton & WAAMH.
In Collie we held a half day of yarning and lunch for community members who went home with a goodie back after.
And in Mandurah, the Drug Aware Gnoonie Cup Event held each which supports youth, GP Down South provide collaborative support with the PHH Aboriginal Outreach Team and Nidjalla Wanngaan Mia staff, manning a stall which provides first aid on the day and promotes outreach and health services available in the Peel Region. The Syphilis Awareness Project is part of the service and is integrated into the general medical and educational support available at GP Down South. Our stall was a popular stop for many with multiple promotional resources given away on a day where the sunshine and smiles were plenty.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.