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GET YOUR SKATE ON FOR MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

October is Mental Health Month and Griffith City Council has joined forces with headspace Griffith, Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health (CAMS) and Totem to help raise awareness for youth mental health issues.

Totem will be at the Griffith Skate Park on Friday 11 October from 2pm – 5pm to bring young people of Griffith free workshops and a Skate Jam session.

Chair of the Communities Committee, Councillor Dino Zappacosta said this is a great opportunity for the young people of Griffith to come together to talk about mental health while taking in this incredible event.

“Totem were in Griffith last year for the official opening of the Skate Park and we are excited to welcome them back to participate in this extremely important event,” said Councillor Zappacosta.

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW and encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.

“It is well known that physical activities, getting connected with your community and learning a new skill can have positive effects on mental health – this event offers the opportunity to do all of these things in one place!” he added.

Team members from headspace Griffith and Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health team (CAMs) will be there on the day, providing information and resources and offering the chance to have an informal chat with a mental health professional.

“I would encourage everyone to come down and help raise awareness of Youth Mental Health, find out how to access local services, check out the skills of Totem and learn a few new skills yourself,” said Councillor Zappacosta.

“Mental health awareness events such as this can decrease stigma, and empower people to seek help, for themselves or others.”

Totem will be kicking off the event with a free workshop for beginners at 2pm, an intermediate session at 3pm and ending at 4pm with an open skate jam.

Bookings are essential and parental consent is required. Book now online at https://bit.ly/2ojIY5O

For more information please contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Tanya Aramini on 6962 8100 or email Tanya.Aramini@griffith.nsw.gov.au

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