Bunbury Mental Health Week starts with garden workshop

Pathways Southwest chief executive Steve Blackwell with volunteer Jeff Rickersley, Withers Library community engagement officer Jacqueline Quadrio, Pathways Southwest recovery worker Robyn Norton and Withers Community Garden member Sharon Gear.
Pathways Southwest chief executive Steve Blackwell with volunteer Jeff Rickersley, Withers Library community engagement officer Jacqueline Quadrio, Pathways Southwest recovery worker Robyn Norton and Withers Community Garden member Sharon Gear.

Maintaining a positive mental wellbeing can be a constant challenge and can be done in many different ways.

To highlight this, Pathways Southwest has joined with a consortium of agencies as part of Bunbury Mental Health Week in October.

There are a range of activities on offer to the community including a workshop at the Bunbury Community Garden in Withers.

It is the first time the garden will be part of the initiative and community garden member Sharon Gear said gardening was a great way to find peace, practice mindfulness, get your hands dirty, be productive and be social if you want to.

It is also about normalising psycho-social disability and helping them join in with the community.

Pathways Southwest CEO Steve Blackwell

The workshop will include the construction of two garden beds in which Pathways Southwest clients will be able to continue to use as part of an ongoing program.

Pathways Southwest is a community based mental health service that provides services and recovery support to people experiencing mental illness and their carers.

Other members of the Bunbury Mental Health Week include City of Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Relationships Australia, headspace Bunbury, South West Aboriginal Medical Service and South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service.

Pathways Southwest chief executive Steve Blackwell said while its organisation chaired the consortium, each agency was equal in what it provided and contributed to for the week.

The week starts on World Mental Health Day on October 10 and this year's theme is Strengthening Our Community - Live, Learn, Work, Play.

Mr Blackwell said in these uncertain times it was important now more than ever that people needed to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

"The purpose of the week is to let people know about the services and allow for a discussion around mental health easier to happen," he said.

"It is also about normalising psycho-social disability and helping them join in with the community."

Other activities include an online mental health art exhibition with entries closing on September 15.

Mr Blackwell said there has already been a great response to the online exhibition.

"The top 20 pieces will be selected for display at BRAG during Mental Health Week opening 12 October," he said.

See here for more information on the exhibition https://www.facebook.com/Mental-Health-Week-WA-2020.

The Bunbury Community Garden workshop on Tuesday October 13 will include a coffee cart and the first 50 people there will receive a free coffee and muffin provided by New Beut Coffee Ute.

It will start at 10am and will go until 1pm and there will be a sausage sizzle at the end.

The Bunbury Community Garden is located behind Withers Library on Hudson Road.

For more information about what's happening during Mental Health Week 2020 visit https://mentalhealthweek.org.au or contact Pathways SouthWest on 9781 1257.