Port Augusta celebrates Mental Health Week

COMING TOGETHER: Country & Outback Health hosted its annual networking breakfast in celebration of Mental Health Week.
COMING TOGETHER: Country & Outback Health hosted its annual networking breakfast in celebration of Mental Health Week.

Professionals in Port Augusta gathered for breakfast at Country & Outback Health on Thursday morning, October 11 to show their support for Mental Health Week.

Like-minded workers in the field of mental health shared their knowledge, ideas and stories at the networking event to find new ways to care for the mind.

Country & Outback Health’s Indigenous Health Project Officer Jacinta McKenzie said the event is held annually to look at how to approach mental health in a safe and sensitive way.

“Everybody will experience some kind of mental health issue throughout their life,” Ms McKenzie said.

“A lot of people look at the physical side of health, but we look at what can we do psychologically to help people with mental health healing, caring for the mind and what we can do to help that process.”

Ms McKenzie said that while there are a wide range of services available here in Port Augusta, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health.

“People don’t know where to start or how to tell their story,” she said.

“It’s important to build a rapport, get to know people for who they are and then look at how to support their journey.

“Every person is different. We assess everybody on an individual basis and work out a plan that suits the client or patient.”

For a full list of Country & Outback Health’s services, contact 8643 5600 or visit the website. Mental Health Week ran from October 7-13 across Australia, with the aim of improving community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.