Over 20 mental health professionals from around Port Augusta were treated to a spread of breakfast pastries, fruit and coffee yesterday morning at Headspace headquarters on Railway Parade.
Hosted by Country and Outback Health, the breakfast was a chance to recognise the valuable contribution made by mental health professionals to our community.
Headspace Project Officer and Event Organiser Nicolle Carter said the event — run to coincide with Mental Health Week — was one of seven breakfast celebrations held throughout regional South Australia.
“We invited mental health professionals from every organisation to come together as a networking opportunity over breakfast,” she said.
“They have had a chance to do some networking to find out who’s in the same service as they are and who can help them to deliver a better service.”
With one in five Australians experiencing a mental health condition in any given year, this years theme ‘Mind Your Health’ serves as a reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health.
“Often these people are driven to help others, which is why they go into this industry, that they can often put their own health on the back-burner,” Mrs Carter said.
“We had some guest speakers that talking about the importance of our own mental health and the importance of keeping ourselves healthy so we can then help others as well.”
By all accounts it was a fantastic morning with the coffee station a particularly big hit amongst the crowd.
“I heard lots of talking and lots of introductions being made so I think there was a lot of people who haven’t previously met who have had a chance to catch up,” Mrs Carter said.
“There’s been a lot of mental health events throughout the week, so I think it’s helped in starting up some conversations about mental health and the importance of talking.”