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