On Sunday 15th October 2017 at Narrabeen markets, CCNB partnered with other local mental health organisations for Mental Health Awareness Month, for a day of activities, information sharing and fun! The weather held off, and we enjoyed a beautiful spot by the lake to share in wellness activities, and conversation around mental health. The day was a great way for the northern beaches community to ask questions and think about how to support their own and others mental health, as well as take part in activities that improve wellness!
Along with Headspace, Northside, Northern Beaches Council, and One Door, we had plenty of goodies to give away, as well as invaluable advice and information from staff members on the various mental health programs funded in the region.
We also had several practitioners volunteer their skills and time in running workshops and activities. Most of us can relate to feeling too busy in our day to day lives – often running from one thing to the next. Each of the activities were ways for people to connect with the present moment, and let go of stress – an important reminder for people to focus on their wellbeing.
To start the day, Karen Brown, lead a group in mindful tea drinking, before leading a wonderful meditation session.
Mary from Love Yoga lead a grounding and invigorating yoga class, reminding us to notice the things we are grateful for, and to slow down our minds and bodies.
We then had local artist Michael Tomkins leading an art project that got everyone involved in a beautiful beach painting!
And we finished the day with a rhythmic drumming circle lead by Jamie Burns – this got everyone in the market involved and energised – we even had spontaneous dancing inspired by the powerful beats!
We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and skills, and to everyone who took part in the event. It was wonderful to see people coming together to share in awareness and wellbeing.
Connecting with each other, and finding ways to be present in the moment- whether it be in art, yoga, conversation or dancing to drums – is so important, and a reminder that wellbeing and self-care can be a whole lot of fun.