Cruising the Murray for better health

October 13, 2017

John Hermans speaks to the guests.

Robert Saunders, Gilbert Wanganeen and Jennine Atkinson with the handprint murals.

Dr Erihana Ryan talks about mental health.

Gilbert Wanganeen with the handprint mural.

Jennine Atkinson puts her handprint on the mural.

ABOUT 80 people enjoyed a cruise on the MV Mary Ann on Tuesday as part of Mental Health Week.

The cruise was organised by the Campaspe Murray Mental Health Network.

This year’s theme was mental health in the workplace, with Bendigo Health consultant psychiatrist Erihana Ryan highlighting the importance of having a balance of work, play and love in our lives to promote mental health.

Dr Ryan said because of the limited mental health resources in the region, patients, carers and mental health specialists all had a responsibility to work together to bring about the best possible outcomes.

She discussed workplace bullying and the importance of leadership in the workplace to prevent this from occurring.

She also promoted self care as a preventative measure to promote good mental health, along with healthy lifestyle practices, such as diet and exercise.

An interactive activity organised by Njernda Aboriginal Corporation staff saw people create a handprint mural, symbolising partnerships between the community and service providers in Echuca.

Njernda also displayed a Mental Health Week banner on the stern of the MV Mary Ann, while Rochester Primary School students displayed posters they had created for Mental Health Week.

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