Hootenanny to bring focus to mental health
  • Wednesday 07 October 2015

Headspace Maroochydore will be transformed into a “backyard” complete with an astroturf lawn, live entertainment, markets and an outdoor movie screening for World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10.

Supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program in conjunction with the recently released Sunshine Coast Social Strategy, the five hours of ”headspace hootenanny 2015” will bring the Coast together under the 2015 theme for Queensland Mental Health Week – “value mental health”.

Family friendly community activities will run from 4pm to 9pm and include art workshops, yoga and tai chi classes, a jumping castle, a hula hoop display and a social media playground.

There will also be attempt to create the biggest chalk “rainbow walk” on the Sunshine Coast.

Bring a blanket, chair and cushions and relax in the outdoor cinema for a screening of Big Hero 6, a 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures, from 7pm.

A range of food and drinks will be available for purchase.

“Council is proud to be able to support Queensland Mental Health Week, and headspace Maroochydore in particular, to focus on the importance of being healthy mentally as well as physically,” Council’s Community Programs Portfolio holder Cr Jenny McKay said.

“As well as enjoying a fantastic range of community activities, the headspace hootenanny is going to be a chance to reflect on mental health and the positive steps you can take to improve your mental well-being.

“Events such as the hootenanny help to create an awareness and understanding about mental health in our community and can help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues whilst encouraging people to get the support they need.”

To be part of the hootenanny fun, go to headspace Maroochydore at 27 Evans Street, Maroochydore. Car-parking will be available opposite WIN TV on Millwell Road and at Sunshine Plaza.

Visit the headspace Maroochydore Facebook page for more details.

More information on Queensland Mental Health Week is available on the Mental Health Week website.

If you or someone you know requires support, you can contact eheadspace.org.au, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.