Yesterday afternoon was the culmination of several months of planning and brainstorming, as Lennox Head’s first Mental Health Expo was held at the Community Centre.
The brain child of a group of locals who call themselves the Lennox Legends, the event was designed to tackle the issue of mental health head on.
The day included stalls from a range of mental health care professional bodies, free food from Olive And Luca and Jordans Farm, presentations and group exercises. Local DJ Kye Somerville provided some background tunes.
According to Braden Walters, a Lennox Legend and MC for the afternoon, the event came about after some locals decided they wanted to ‘make a difference and do something now’ about a terrible, crippling issue.
Trent Chapman, another Legend, who has dealt with his own mental health issues agreed, saying that the problem is now reaching epidemic proportions in our community, and the time has come to do something about it.
Trent was joined on stage yesterday by Steve Carrigg from Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) (also a Legend) and the pair gave part of a training program in mental health first aid which they deliver around the country.
Mental Health First Aid practioners recommend the ALGEE approach to dealing with someone who you think may have an issue with their mental health.
A: approach, assess and assist with any crisis
L: listen non-judgementally
G: give support and information
E: encourage appropriate professional help
E: encourage other supports.
If you’d like to make a difference to someone’s mental health and wellbeing, you can ask the assistance of the Lennox Legends. They will help you with a random act of kindness for someone in need and are collecting pledges from individuals and businesses who want to donate to this cause.
Find out more on their website here.