Lithgow Mental Health Expo opens the conversation

Lithgow City Council teamed up with the Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre to present a mental health expo at Lithgow Library on Monday to mark Mental Health Awareness Month. 

MENTAL HEALTH EXPO: Event organisers Leanne Walding of Kirinari, Viktoria Gulabovski of Lithgow City Council and Kim Scanlon of LINC. Picture: Hosea Luy

MENTAL HEALTH EXPO: Event organisers Leanne Walding of Kirinari, Viktoria Gulabovski of Lithgow City Council and Kim Scanlon of LINC. Picture: Hosea Luy

LINC community hub manager Kim Scanlon said the expo aimed to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health issues.

“We’ve definitely experienced quite a lot of suicides in Lithgow in the last year,” she said.

“We think it’s really healthy to promote talking about times when we are struggling and so we can get support.”

Several services were present at the expo including Aftercare, Kirinari and LINC.

Hoskins Church minister Matt Trounce speaking on managing grief and loss.

Hoskins Church minister Matt Trounce speaking on managing grief and loss.

“The expo is about showing all the different ways you can support your wellbeing. So it’s got the traditional mental health supports but also massage reflexology, the health food shop so all ways we can holistically support our health with nutrition and stuff as well,” Ms Scanlon said.

“We’re trying to look at all angles and give people that information and just get people talking and aware.”

Ms Scanlon and council community development officer Viktoria Gulabovski also hosted a community round table discussion on suicide.

The discussion aimed to find out more about the services and programs the community would like to have access to and how Lithgow could work together to develop solutions.

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help in a crisis.

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