Breakfast served with side of mental health awareness

Skylight Mental Health warmed up the old Bookmark Café at the Mount Gambier Library on Friday morning with a community barbecue breakfast.

The team was onsite to discuss mental health services in the Limestone Coast and there was a pop up come and try art group in the community space.

The event was part of the Pop-Up Drop-In Community Support Space put in place following a series of suicides occurring in the Limestone Coast.

It is a joint initiative of Standby and the Mount Gambier City Council, supported by Wellbeing SA and Country SA phn.

Skylight Mental Health coordinator Tami Norman said the initiative was important considering the rise in suicide within the region.

“I think there are a lot of factors that have caused the increase of suicides in the Limestone Coast,” she said.

“I also think services are not well known about, so it is really important for us to get out into the community and let people know what help is available.

“It is really important we all work together as a community and let our young and even our older community know there are services available, and we always have our doors open.

“There are heaps of mental health services within the community, it is just they aren’t loud enough at the moment but we are trying to open that door and just be louder within the community, so they know there is thathelp.

“It is also good to get our name out there and network with other community companies.”

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