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Cruise to focus on local mental health challenges

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September 30, 2017

Shire of Campaspe community engagement manager Sam Campi, project manager for Campaspe PCP Tracie Pearson, MV Mary Ann front house manager Kim Taylor and MV Mary Ann business development manager Garry Armstrong aboard the vessel.

CAMPASPE Shire Council is supporting Mental Health Week on board the MV Mary Ann on Tuesday, October 10.

Partnering with Campaspe Murray Mental Health Network the cruise along the Murray River aims to engage the local community in a free and interactive event.

The guest speaker is psychiatrist Dr Erihana Ryan and the cruise will also include morning tea and entertainment.

Mayor Adrian Weston said the river cruise is a great occasion to promote mental wellbeing.

‘‘Our social and emotional wellbeing contribute to our mental health and it effects how we think and feel,’’ he said.

‘‘The morning tea river cruise is a great opportunity to deepen our understanding of the importance of mental welfare,” Cr Weston said.’’

Mental Health Week (October 9 – 13) aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state.

It also aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is “mental health in the workplace”.

Campaspe Shire, along with network partners Campaspe Primary Care Partnership, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, Moama RSL and Bendigo Health, aim to not only raise awareness, but to celebrate and promote good mental health and ways to maintain it.

“We are all challenged with issues relating to mental health at some stage in our lives – some more than others,’’ Cr Weston said.

‘‘It is important for our community to feel supported during these times.’’

The event is free to the community and bookings are essential.

Bookings can be made via www.trybooking.com/RTBZ

For further information on the event contact Jane on 5484 4485.

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