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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Lifeline Gippsland talks about mental health

Wednesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation says mental health is a state of well-being

WHO definition:

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO's definition of health as contained in its constitution: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

"You can see from that WHO definition that, when we talk about mental health it's about much more than the absence of mental illness, it's about having a thriving and productive life as well," Lifeline Gippsland's Community Development Officer, Sam Forbes, said.

Lifeline Gippsland is reminding businesses and groups in the Valley about their project Mind the Valley.

Click the Lifeline logo above to hear Sam talking about it and read the details below.

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Lifeline Gippsland - Mind the Valley Project

What is the Mind the Valley Project?
A 60 minute facilitated conversation that guides participants through the four steps of asking someone “R U OK”?

Why is this being offered?
The question itself is well advertised, and reasonably understood, but it’s the beginning of a conversation that can be daunting. We will talk to members of your community group, workplace, friendship group, or whatever gathering you can muster about the full four steps in this conversation about mental health and wellbeing.

Our core message is that the community already have the skills to have these conversations with their friends and their neighbours – we’re just here to start it off, encourage the community, learn from the community, and pass on some really good information.

Our aim is that participants will leave with a better understanding of mental health and feel more confident about offering support to their community.

Who are we?
This project is being led by a group of volunteers called Friends of Lifeline Gippsland who are passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and want to encourage their community to have these important conversations.

Where can we have this conversation?
We will come to you – anywhere in the Latrobe Valley (Latrobe City Council Area).


Sam Forbes – Community Development Officer
5136 3500

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