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Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month This October, Mental Health Month will be at the front of the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s mind. No  

This October, Mental Health Month will be at the front of the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s mind.

Council-led events and workshops will be hosted throughout the month to help raise awareness and the importance of mental health in the community.

With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness at some stage in their lives, Mayor Khal Asfour said Council can play an important and active role in supporting those who are challenged by it.

"Mental illness can take many forms, can often go unrecognised, and can even be hidden from family and friends," Mayor Asfour said.

"That’s why, throughout October, we are championing the Mental Health Month theme of ‘share the journey’ by promoting social and emotional wellbeing and encouraging people to share how they are feeling and their story.

"We will also be connecting the community with mental health support networks and reiterating that there are people available to speak to if needed," he added.

Some of the activities Council will be hosting throughout the month, include:

  • Two FREE Anxiety Awareness workshops, on Wednesday 10 October (9.30am) and Wednesday 17 October (5.30pm), will be held for school students and parents, at Panania Library and Knowledge Centre;
  • FREE screenings of:
    • Wadjda on Thursday 4 October at Bankstown Arts Centre;
    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Thursday 11 October at Belmore Sports Ground;
    • Still Alice on Thursday 18 October at Bankstown Arts Centre; and
    • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Thursday 25 October at Belmore Sports Ground
  • FREE yoga sessions will be taking place on Tuesday’s and Friday’s at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.
  • FREE Salsa for Seniors classes at Bankstown Arts Centre, starting on Wednesday’s from 10 October to 12 December.
  • Extended opening hours every Wednesday at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, for HSC students (8-10pm) with FREE food and FREE tutoring provided.

Council is also running the 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in culturally and linguistically diverse community symposium, with Penrith City Council later this month.

The symposium will bring multicultural workers together to share their insights, discuss best practice, and increase their understanding of cultural nuances around mental health.

Council’s Community Development Officer, Turkan Aksoy, will also present Council’s Our Songlines: Connecting Communities Through Song initiative to participants.

For more information on Mental Health Month activities, go to

 26/09/2018 1:54 PM