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22 October, 2020

Walk for Mental Health

A group of people living with mental illnesses and their friends and family participated in a Walk for Mental Health on October 14 at the Cairns Esplanade.

By Tanya Murphy

The COVID-safe walk during Mental Health Week allowed participants to complete either two or four kilometres, before enjoying a barbecue.

The event was organised by the Junction Clubhouse Cairns, a not-for-profit clubhouse which supports people with a lived experience of mental Illness.

“This walk allowed members to spend time out in the sun and nature, getting physically active, connecting socially and helping spread awareness about mental illness,” said The Junction director Leonie Shawcross.

“With the changes to people’s daily life caused by COVID-19, it was more important than ever that we take time during this year’s Mental Health Week to encourage people to take care of themselves, and celebrate wellbeing and recovery in our community.”

She said the Junction was a safe, non-clinical environment where everyone could feel a sense of belonging and support each other in their recovery goals.

“Membership to The Junction has no time limits and support is based on personal goals,” she said.

“We offer opportunities for friendship, employment, education and purposeful work while understanding that each person has individual needs and goals that may need a variety of supports at different times.”

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