Bundaberg Regional Council work with the community towards reducing the stigma of Mental illness and developing ways to inform and engage all community members of our region in our mental wellbeing.
The Stress Connection Program
This program is aimed at young people and utilises art to teach young people about stress. The program runs over 3 sessions:
- What is stress and how it effects our body
- What are ways we can reduce and manage stress
- Where can we go if we need help
Council have been running this program over several years and it has been delivered to over 1000 young people across the region. If you are interested in knowing more out this project, please call our Youth Development Officer on 1300 883 699.
R U Ok? Local Champions initiative
In September 2016, Bundaberg became the home to Australia's first R U Ok? Community Conversation space. Along with having a visual representation of an R U OK? bench placed in BRAG Park, which was officially opened by Olympic Champion Libby Trickett, Council also facilitated workshops with over 50 community members across the region in our R U Ok? Local Champions Initiative. R U Ok? Local Champions work with Council to promote the power of a conversation all across the year. Our Local Champion workshops are designed to bring people together to learn ways to have the R U Ok? conversation but also in supporting each other.
Since the initiative started in 2016, we now have over 80 R U Ok Local Champions across our region, including local high schools and 3 new R U Ok? community bench spaces - Alexandra Park in Bundaberg, Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre and the Childers Library. Councils Youth Development Officer can also run workshops in workplaces and community groups to increase their knowledge and confidence in having the R U Ok? conversation. Please call our Youth Development Officer on 1300 333 000 for more information.
R U Ok? Day
R U Ok? Day is recognised each year on the second Thursday of September.
R U OK? Day is a national day of action and is dedicated to helping Australia's high suicide rate. R U OK? Day aims to inspire all Australians to take responsibility for people in their lives who may be struggling and need an opportunity to say "I'm not ok" to a friend or family member.
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