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Take a break from stress

Thursday, 13th October, 2011

RELAX: Maari Ma mental health worker, Lisa Kickett, in the town square yesterday. RELAX: Maari Ma mental health worker, Lisa Kickett, in the town square yesterday.

Workers across the city were invited to take a breather yesterday.

Stress Less Day was held as part of Mental Health Month and stalls were manned in the town square by organisations including Active Broken Hill and Maari Ma who handed out information on how to improve mental health.

Thai Chi demonstrations, a free barbecue and a giant piggy bank to raise money for mental health also made the day a memorable one.

Health Education Officer, Angela Harvey, said it was all about promoting good mental health.

“This year the theme is ‘Wellbeing: Invest in Your life,” Ms Harvey said.

“This is just about all the groups that support people.

“There’s lots of information people can take with them.”

Active BH’s Steve Burton said stress was a serious health problem.

“Stress is a silent killer, Mr Burton said.

“People don’t realise how stress is impacting them until the symptoms show up.”

Mental Health Month activities continue today with displays and information stalls at Centro Plaza.

Tomorrow people are invited to visit the hospital foyer for a cuppa and information on ways to improve mental health.

There were many ways of thinking about wellbeing, said Vanessa Smith, Manager of the BH Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service.

“Wellbeing often refers to happiness, satisfaction, how well we handle life and the quality of our relationships with others,” Ms Smith said.

She said excessive stress can cause discomfort and lead to serious anxiety, depression and poor health. 

“Stress Less Day encourages people to indulge in some fun, light-hearted activities with family, friends or colleagues, and give yourself the opportunity to both relax and connect with people. It’s also an opportunity to familiarize ourselves about some of the activity and interest groups available to Broken Hill.”

Some tips to manage stress: 

* Appreciate the little things in life

* Get involved in your community

* Join a group

* Link up with family and friends

* Get into physical activity

* Take up a hobby you’ve always wanted to try

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