Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month was celebrated at the Harry Jensen Centre in Millers Point today with a City of Sydney function organised for the local community.

The purpose of the day was to create awareness about how to deal with mental illness and reduce any stigma associated with this common series of conditions.

Two musicians from an Andean band called Pukara, in Sydney’s inner west, Claudio Hevia and Arturo Sebastian, set the mood on guitar and panpipe. Over 70 people attended to enjoy the luncheon, music, dancing and art. The feast included catering for general and vegan diets, with nibbles to start, then chicken pieces on skewers, sausages, bread rolls and salads, as well as dessert of tiramisu, carrot cake and fruit.

A member of the Harry Jensen staff, Lucy Munevar, said the aim of the celebration was to promote the message that it’s OK to talk about mental health.

‘Mental health is as important as physical health, and there should be no shame associated with discussing any problems that may arise,’ she said.

Information pamphlets were available for those attending today.

After lunch an outdoor art workshop – Mindfulness Art in Nature – was held above the Centre on Observatory Hill, conducted by artist Lisa Bergen. Participants were able to express their visions and ideas using charcoal and water colours.

For more information contact the Harry Jensen Centre on 02 9244 3696.

Anticipating the celebration to come

Photo credits: Chris Waters, Jessica Mayr and Anna Patterson.




  1. Helen Poullos
    12 October, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Good on you for holding a function in the name of mental health. I'm proud of you. I would have attended if I'd known it was on. and am sorry I missed it.

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    1. 13 October, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Thank you, Helen. I appreciate the feedback! Christine

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  2. 13 October, 2017 at 6:39 am

    We were invited to attend a few weeks back by Anna who works at the Harry Jensen Center and an Aboriginal friend called Eddie. The company was jovial and inspiring. Enjoying lunch were people from so many parts of the world that it was not hard to find stories worth remembering for the rest of one's life. There were people who had been in prisoner of war camps. There was a couple who had been married for over a half a century. There were musicians from the other side of the world determined to spread good cheer, here in Sydney. There was also a mother from the States expressing gratitude that she had time to raise her children instead of joining the rat race. While the Andean music played live on a sunny afternoon, there was just enough time for me to get a sense of what it means to be part of an international community in the 21st Century.

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    1. 13 October, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Glad you took part, Geetha, and gained so much from the day. Yes, we're a mini 'united nations' here at Millers Point. Thanks, Christine

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