Mental health in the frame

October 10, 2017

Goulburn Valley Health's Health's Mental Health Consumer and Care Advisory Council's carer consultant Debra Rachele, consumer consultant Julie McNamara and clinical manager of adult community mental health services Tessa Moriarty.

Blair West, 17, with one of her entries to the Mental Health Week art display.

Goulburn Valley Health’s corridors have been adorned with artworks as part of its Mental Health Week display.

Run by the GV Health Mental Health Consumer and Carer Advisory Council, the two-day exhibition showcases art by community members.

Council consumer consultant Julie McNamara launched the display, which will also feature information brochures as well as people at hand to answer questions.

The exhibition coincided with World Mental Health Day today and Ms McNamara said visitors were encouraged to come along and have a conversation, aiming to reduce the stigmas attached to mental health.

‘‘We hope people will have a conversation about mental health,’’ she said.

Ms McNamara said guests would also be able to vote for their favourite piece while viewing the artworks, which include a variety of landscapes and animal life.

Entrant Blair West, 17, decided to do two pieces for the exhibition after finding out about the initiative from her mother, a staff member at GV Health.

‘‘I’m an at-home graphic artist,’’ she said.

Ms West said she spent a total of 2 hours on both artworks which are on display at GV Health.

Run in conjunction with Victorian Mental Health Week, the annual event aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state.

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