Queensland Mental Health Week is happening across the state from the 8th – 16th October in 2022 and will aim to shine a light on the mental wellbeing of our community. This initiative is linked with World Mental Health Day which is held on 10th October each year. This week gives everyone the opportunity to think about their own mental wellbeing and of those mates that we have noticed aren’t themselves lately.
In 2022, Queensland Mental Health Week will focus on three key aspects of mental wellness in our communities:
Raising awareness of the tools that can improve mental wellbeing, ways to that we can care for ourselves and our mates and where to find help when you need it. All events run by Fraser Coast Mates aim to increase this awareness and gives mates the tools required to improve their quality of life.
Promoting a sense of community so that all of our mates feel comfortable to be their authentic selves. This sense of belonging and community is highly important to Fraser Coast Mates and at the heart of all we do. Being able to look out for your mates is key to making sure they don’t feel isolated or alone during hard times.
A key component of community is connection. This connection is shown between mates who check in on each other and in providing a link to services and support networks. A strong community that connects with each other regularly is key to improving the mental wellness of all our mates.
How can you get involved?
There are a range of events happening across both Hervey Bay and Maryborough as part of Queensland Mental Health Week, you can scroll below to check out a few key events. For a full list of events, click here.
Have coffee and a chat with mates
Fraser Coast mates and local coffee shops are supporting Queensland Mental Health week from 8-16 October.
Show your support by purchasing a coffee at one of the participating cafes Petroni, Retro, Beanbeat, FX Coffee, Hervey Bay Dayman General Store, Bayaroma, Pier Village Cafe, Miss Cocoas, Avenue Cafe & Bar.
Fraser Coast Mates Dinner Event – Oct 14
Join us for a great night of entertainment all in the name of raising funds and awareness of mental health in our community. The Inaugural Fraser Coast Mates Dinner with feature special guest and former AFL legend, Wayne Schwass and entertainment by Jade Holland.
Guest speaker Wayne Schwass is an AFL great, broadcaster and commentator who is deeply passionate about preventing suicide in Australia. In recent years, Wayne has founded Puka Up – giving Australian’s the tools to create mentally healthy workplaces and communities through education, conversation and storytelling.
Click here to secure your tickets before they sell out.
Connecting For Awareness – Oct 13
Head on down to Scarness Park on Thursday 13 October for a fun and interactive day where you will get the opportunity to connect with some of the Fraser Coast’s mental health and community services and get involved in activities.
Some of the activities on offer include potting a plant, painting a pot, rock painting, and games. A music group will be playing on the day and there will also be food and drinks available for purchase. This event is coordinated by Richmond Fellowship Queensland.
All men are welcome to join the Man Walk from 6am-7am followed by a BBQ breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend the brekkie.
Click here for more details.
Headspace LGBTQIAP+ Bright Ball – Oct 15
Headspace Maryborough is excited to welcome the LGBTQIAP+ Community, Friends, and Family to their first ever Queensland Mental Health Week Bright Ball at the Brolga Theatre! Join in celebrating our diverse community and how far the Fraser Coast Region has come in acceptance and understanding as well as promoting positive mental health practices and seeking support. This is a free, fully licensed event with a light dinner and entertainment provided.
Click here for more details.