The City of Rockingham will be running a number of activities for Mental Health Week and is encouraging the community to celebrate mental health for the rest of this month.
Mental Health Week will run from October 10 - 17 and is held annually across Australia, aiming to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the community.
To help the community get involved, the City is partnering with Act-Belong-Commit to offer a range of free events, workshops and training opportunities.
Activities available include:
- Older Person Mental Health First Air Training at Quest Rockingham run from October 6 - 7
- Spotlight on Carers Photography Exhibition at Rockingham Central Library October 10 - 19
- Castaways Sculpture Awards at the Rockingham Foreshore October 24 - November 1
- sPark Launch and Skate Jam at Baldivis Youth Space October 30.
City of Rockingham Mayor said being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contributes positively to happiness and good mental health.
"Helping to foster positive mental health is a crucial element to creating a happy and health community," he said.
"Which is why the City is encouraging people to get involved in the various Act-Belong-Commit activities that are taking place throughout October."
The City is also encouraging residents to spread kindness through a Community Kindness Card initiative.
The Act-Belong-Commit Community Kindness Card will be distributed at more than 30 local schools, community groups and City facilities.
Community members may receive a random act of kindness and they are then encouraged to be kind to someone else, write their name on the card and pass it on. People can share their stories of kindness on social media by using the hashtag #communitykindnessrockingham
To find out more about how you can get involved or to book your place at an event visit www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/mentalhealth