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Display at Parliament House

Earlier this week, the Mental Health Association QLD (MHAQ) unveiled a display to mark Mental Health Week 2013, at the Queensland Parliament House.

The morning tea event was attended by representatives from partner organisations such as Open Minds, Aftercare, Headspace (Nundah), Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ), Neami National, Australian College of Community Services (ACCS) and Healthy Options Australia (HOA), who contributed toward the success of this display.

“This display marks the importance of working together to promote good mental health for everyone in the broader community”, said Kathryn Kenny, Executive Officer, MHAQ.

This year, the nationally celebrated Mental Health Week is between 6 – 12 October. Mental Health Week is an annual awareness event designed to engage communities in activities which promote good mental health and wellbeing in the community and to enhance awareness and understanding about the needs, experiences and issues surrounding mental health.

The MHAQ theme of ‘My Inner Super Power’ is intended to encourage people to think about their strengths and the things they like about themselves.

“We rarely take the time to think about the things we are good at or the things we like about ourselves, but when we do, it’s surprising how good it makes us feel. Whatever your inner super power is, it is important to acknowledge it as a positive and unique part of who you are”, Kathryn said.

This year MHAQ invited all age groups, from primary & secondary school students to adults, to tap into their creative talents and join in the competition and share their inner super powers through drawing, photography and poetry. These creative contributions and the winners of the competition were also announced at this morning’s event.

MHAQ provides quality early intervention mental health services and programs that support individuals and the wider community to make mental health connections, develop mental health literacy and participate in employment as a foundation for recovery.