Schools at Windorah and Longreach have taken out awards in the Central West Hospital and Health Service’s inaugural Mental Health Week school poster competition.
Central West Health Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care Project Officer Corrine Rockett says the school poster competition had been part of the health service’s Mental Health Week activities.
“The competition was organised for students across our region and timed so that the posters could be judged and winners announced during Mental Health Week, which this year is from 8– 14 October.’’
“The aim was for students to show how they cared for their own mental health and well-being, as well as their family and friends, at home, at school, and at play. The message was that we all need to keep active, stay connected, and be involved, and we had a fantastic response from some very creative young people.’’
Windorah State School takes out the primary school award with entries by Thomas Tuite, Daitonah Gorringe, Polly Lampard, Koby Geiger, Harry Tuite, and Kitty Lampard.
Longreach State High School takes out the secondary school award with entries by Kasi Steger and Grace Bates.
Longreach School of Distance Education wins the distance school award with a fantastic entry from Millie Goodwin.
Ms Rockett said the overall winners of the competition are Grace Bates from Longreach State School and Polly Lampard from Windorah, with a special mention to Kitty Lampard.
Central West Health Chief Executive Jane Hancock says all participants need to be congratulated.
“We are planning to make this an annual event for Mental Health Week and will look at securing a celebrity judge for next year to make it even bigger and better.”
If anyone would like support for themselves or a loved one, Country Callback provides free and confidential telephone support on 1800 54 33 54.
Specialist mental health services also can be contacted 24 hours, 7 days a week on 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55).
Some valuable web resources are: www.beyondblue.org.au –
www.reachout.com.au and https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mentalhealth/