Young people in Charters Towers took time for their mental health at a free community event recently. 

NAPHL organised the ‘Time 4 Me’ event as part of Queensland Mental Health Week.

NAPHL team member Daniel Knapp said more than 160 Charters Towers high school students and community members turned out on Friday, October 16.

“Mental health is important for all of us, whether we have a lived experience of mental illness or not.

“It is especially important for youth in regional areas,” Mr Knapp said.

“This event was about allowing Charters Towers young people and community members to come together and discuss an often taboo topic and learn strategies for looking after your mental health.”   

The event included a free sausage sizzle, entertainment, deadly activities and great people in the mental health space to chat to from from headspace Townsville, NAPHL, Prospect Community Services, Deadly Choices, Integrated Team Care, SelectabilityLives Lived Well and Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

Mr Knapp said 150 people made the pledge to practice self care 
and look after their mental health as part of the event, putting them in the draw to win thousands of dollars’ worth of self care prize packs.

“The day brought together five key health and wellbeing outreach support services who, along with our NAPHL team, shared service information, support options and referral pathways.

“We had many great conversations with community members around the importance of self-care and taking ‘time 4 me’.

 “We gave away over $1400 worth of prizes and had some great positive mental health topics illustrated and “chalked” about on the pathways of Ron Laneyrie Park.”

Queensland Mental Health Week was held October 10 to 18, 2020.

This year’s theme was Take time — for mental health and focused on the simple yet proven things everyone can do to boost mental well being.