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Last chance to see art show

Thursday, 6th October, 2011

ON DISPLAY: Richmond Fellowship manager, Rynnette Gentle, at the exhibition in the Guide Hall in Oxide Street. ON DISPLAY: Richmond Fellowship manager, Rynnette Gentle, at the exhibition in the Guide Hall in Oxide Street.

Mental Health month has opened with an art exhibition but you had better be quick if you want to catch it.

The work by clients of the Richmond Fellowship of NSW and the Salvation Army’s Wellness and Recovery Program has been on display at the Girl Guide Hall this week and will end at 4pm today.

Richmond Fellowship’s Service Manager, Rynnette Gentle, said the Fellowship helps people with mental health issues live independently.

“Hospital admissions have decreased, self-esteem has improved - just by having some assistance - and involvement in the community has strengthened,” she said.

“Our clients have been doing some artwork and wanted to put their artwork on display.”

Ms Gentle said Jane Miller, a community arts worker, had helped the clients with their work which gave them something to feel good about and helped them get together as a group. There are about 65 works on display.

“We had a great response yesterday but the rainy weather may have put people off today,” Ms Gentle said yesterday. “Some of our clients work sold yesterday.

“Next week, on Wednesday, we will be having Stress Less Day in the town square, and (information displays) at the plaza on Thursday and hospital foyer on Friday,” she said.

Also on Wednesday a clinical psychologist from England, Rufus May, will present a free talk at the Aged Persons Rest Centre from 11am to 2pm.

A screening of the film ‘Intangible’ will be held on Sunday, October 16. It is about carers who look after family members with mental health problems. 

Ms Gentle said seven local carers featured in the film which will be shown at 2.30pm at the Silver City Cinema.

 

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