CALL OUT: Cherbourg Senior Mental Worker Patti Bond with Arthur Leedie who said she thinks there needs to be more conversations about mental health.
CALL OUT: Cherbourg Senior Mental Worker Patti Bond with Arthur Leedie who said she thinks there needs to be more conversations about mental health. Katherine Morris

Mental health event to help ignite meaningful conversations

"We have a high rate of suicide in our community.”

Those are the words that senior health worker in the Mental Health Department at Cherbourg Patti Bond said about the current situation her community is facing.

As part of the national Mental Illness Health Week the local community will be hosting an annual event to reduce the stigma around this illness.

From 10am until 2pm today a mental health awareness day will be held at the Cherbourg Community Welfare Hall.

Aunty Patti said there needed to be more education about how to deal with these health issues when they arise.

"There needs to be more ongoing activities and public awareness around mental health,” Aunty Patti said.

"We need to look out for each other and talk to other people about our emotions and the stress we have in our lives.”

As part of the event to promote healthier minds, a yarning circle will be set up for community members to share their experiences.

Even though the event draws in a good crowd, Aunty Patti said the dialogue needed to be all year round.

"There needs to be regular conversations, not just during the mental health awareness week.

"We also need it not just in public areas, but we people to go into homes and target the right people to give them the support they need.

Various stakeholders will be attending the event including CTC youth services, youth justice services and the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.

There will be activities running through out the morning with a barbecue to follow at lunch time.