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Taking action to support mental health

Karen Wilson, our Project Officer for the Planning for Wellbeing project, recently attended the ‘Equally Well Workshop – Connecting Mind and Body Wellness” at the Geebung RSL. The Sustaining Good Mental Health Action Group (led by the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health) and Collaboration in Mind (led by Brisbane North Primary Health Network) invited representatives involved in frontline service delivery to attend a full day workshop focused on forming a regional action plan that commits to advocating for, and improving physical health outcomes of people experiencing mentally ill health.

The workshop provided an opportunity to learn about the intent and objectives of the nationally based Equally Well Consensus Statement; to collaboratively map programs and initiatives that are currently being delivered or promoted to people with mentally ill health in the Brisbane North region. They also engaged in action planning that aligns with the Equally Well objectives including addressing service gaps.  It was a great opportunity to hear some of the key issues, challenges and concerns, as well as great initiatives that are happening across the region.

Karen met several members of the Wellways team and learnt about their #StampedeStigma campaign, aimed at changing attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health issues, so that they don’t have to live in shame, isolation and silence. Organisations can get involved by taking the organisational pledge, to demonstrate their commitment to employees’ mental health and create an environment where mental health can be openly discussed. They’ve got self-audit tools, statistics and resources available on their website, as well as printed resources and a great language guide.

Individuals can get involved here stampedestigma.org/individuals/

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