A Central Queensland initiative is challenging the stigma around mental health by asking the community to visualise their feelings around it on postcards.
Over the past month Anglicare Central Queensland has been running a series of related workshops around the theme of why mental health is important.
In each session participants are given a blank postcard with different materials. They are free to do anything that makes them think about their mental health, others mental health or what makes them feel mentally healthy.
For Longreach based Mental Health Family Support Worker, Megan Kuhn, one of the best things to come out of the workshops has been seeing everyone come together and have a laugh.
Megan is concerned the stigma around mental health is bigger in rural Australia. "In rural areas mental health is not as evident and the communities are a bit more closed," she says.
"It's about checking on your friends and family so they know there is somewhere out there to support them."
Enrolled nurse at Barcaldine Hospital, Kathy Kampe, thinks the project has stimulated different conversations around mental health. "It's easier to put words down than to actually say them," she says.
It's Mental Health Week and the postcards created will be on display in the main street of Longreach and Barcaldine in the hope of raising awareness around the issue.
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