Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services and Brisbane South PHN have come together to support Queensland Mental Health week (10 - 18 October 2020).
The organisations are taking part in a 10 000 Step Take Time Challenge to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.
The 10 000 Step Take Time Challenge will run from 10 to 23 October 2020 and encourages people to make small changes to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
The challenge is open to Metro South Health and Brisbane South PHN staff as well as local NGOs.
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Executive Director Kieran Kinsella said Queensland Mental Health Week provides a platform to educate the community about mental health and wellbeing, and reduce the stigma around mental illness.
“On top of providing information to the public about mental health, we will also be encouraging our staff to talk about positive mental health practices in their workplaces,” he said.
Brisbane South PHN are taking part in the challenge which encourages staff to be mentally well through taking the time to exercise.
“Mentally healthy workplaces are good for business and good for people. Research tells us that mentally healthy workplaces are more productive, have less absenteeism and attract (and keep) good staff. Looking after your mental health is essential for staying well and building resilience to life’s challenges” said Brisbane South PHN Deputy CEO Lucille Chalmers.
“We’re taking time to be involved in the 10 000-step challenge because physical health is good for your mind as well as your body”.
The Metro South community can access local mental health services for information and assistance in times of mental health crisis 24 hours a day via a centralised phone number: 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55)
Brisbane South PHN commissions organisations to provide free mental health services for people living in the Brisbane south region. To refer or for enquiries, contact 07 3151 3841 Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or visit bsphn.org.au
You can also learn more by visiting the Queensland Mental Health Week website.