By Karina Lindsay
Before you know it, it will be October again and that means Mental Health Month. Why not start thinking NOW about different ways you can promote mental – and physical – wellbeing throughout the year!
How about holding a Bling-a-Bra event at your local service? That’s what the Nowra office of Flourish Australia did last time. It was on offer to carers and families as well as the people who access our service. To “bling”, of course, means to decorate, as you can see from the photos of blinged-up bras and ties.
The idea of the day was for people to Bling-a-Bra or Bling-a-Tie to raise awareness about breast cancer. We want everyone to understand the importance of having regular mammography screenings. After all, they are an essential tool in early detection, and early detection saves lives. The Bling-a-Bra concept is supported by South Eastern Sydney Illawarra BreastScreen, and it was meant to make a serious subject both and fun and informative.
In addition to all this blinging, we supplied information to both male and female participants. It’s good that we focussed on both genders, as a lot of people on the day seemed surprised that breast cancer is actually a serious health issue in men, too! It is so important to make people aware that early detection is vital.
For our Open Day at Nowra, last time we got in a little earlier than most other people, to avoid the major rush of events in October. Over 50 people from the community visited our office to attend. Throughout the day we held mini workshops with Art, Rhythm 2 Recovery Drumming and Recovery Conversations.
Our Nowra Centre was opened by the Shoalhaven Assistant Deputy Mayor, Clr Mitchell Pakes.
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