Following the success of its first free mental health workshop Great Lakes United Football Club is once again swinging open the doors of its clubhouse for a Connecting Through Community Mental Health workshop on Saturday, July 31.
The introductory program is designed to engage, educate, empower and encourage people to kick start conversations about health and mental health within their own circle of family and friends.
The one hour workshops are run in a relaxed and inclusive environment where the experts help break down the perceived stigmas and barriers that have historically held people back from reaching out for help or reaching out to help someone in their life.
Great Lakes United Football Club spokesperson, Lesley Campbell explained the workshop would be run in a safe atmosphere by a qualified facilitator.
"We encourage conversations, interaction and sharing of experiences," she said.
"The course will improve your knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and how they affect people every day.
You will learn how to support people in a crisis until a professional can be contacted.Lesley Campbell
"You will learn how to support people in a crisis until a professional can be contacted."
She said the workshops would ideally suit anyone, especially those who care for the wellbeing of people around them.
"The mental health crisis isn't going away.
"It will effect all of us at some time in our lives.
"The more we understand the more we can help."
Since the program was introduced earlier this year it has earned accolades from both the professional and wider community, attracting speakers from Great Lakes Suicide Prevention Network and Hunter New England Health
"Together we can make a difference is my motto."
This month's event will be held from 9am until noon on Saturday, July 31 at Boronia Park, Forster with snag sandwiches available from the Manning Great Lakes Police District officers and Homebase, while there will be a jumping castle for the children
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