Walk and talk to support men’s health – Bundaberg Now
Walk along the Burnett River and support International Men’s Day with the inaugural Walk and Talk event in support of men’s health.
Bundaberg Regional Council has partnered with Peirson Services for Walk and Talk, which will celebrate International Men’s Day under the theme of Mates for Mates and Mental Health.
Community Services Portfolio spokeswoman Cr Tracey McPhee said the aim of Walk and Talk was to encourage small talk among men in the community.
She said there would also be a chance to stop along the way to engage in mindfulness exercises.
“It is fantastic to work with the community to reduce the stigma of mental illness and develop ways to inform and engage all community members in our area to support their mental wellbeing,” said Cr McPhee.
Personal login to Walk and Talk
Cr McPhee said the Walk and Talk event could help change or save someone’s life.
“A walk with someone is a great way to have a conversation. It’s laid back and informal and it’s a lot easier not having to maintain eye contact,” said Cr McPhee.
“A walk, especially outside, is great for our mental health in so many ways.
“Getting your blood pumping produces endorphins and dopamine, these two hormones positively affect your mood.
“Vitamin D from sunshine boosts your immune function, getting back to nature is good for the soul and chatting with a mate and connecting is vital for good mental health.
“Connection is so important.”
Cr McPhee said that by sharing her own personal experiences, she hopes she can help others who may be suffering.
“My own dad struggled with mental health issues for years – he thought we’d all be better off and happier without him, but that’s just not true,” she said.
“The people in your life need you.
“If you are struggling with thoughts like this, please contact us. There is so much help available.
“Call a mate, go get a coffee. Call a helpline if it’s easier to talk to someone you don’t know.
“Nowadays there are even text messaging services.
“Wherever you are, there is help available.”
Peirson Services encourages men to participate
Peirson Services Family and Youth Services, Bundaberg Regional Manager Craig Lear said the team will be on hand to support the day’s attendees.
“At Peirson Services, almost 50% of our staff are men and as helping professionals, all the guys at Peirson Services jumped at the chance to be part of International Men’s Day,” said Craig. .
“(To) take the opportunity to promote and model simple yet useful strategies that men can connect with and use in their own lives.”
Craig said maintaining good mental health was an important factor in living the best life possible.
“We see firsthand the importance of having good mental health support, so that we can be the best versions of ourselves in all aspects of life,” he said.
“We see mental health support in the same way that you need to maintain your car to get the best performance out of it.
“You should also be aware that the mind also needs us to pay attention to it and respond to it accordingly.
“As a former mechanic myself, I know that regular maintenance prevents unexpected breakdowns, and that is also true for us as people.”
Craig said supporting discussions about mental health and providing tips for keeping a healthy mind is an important step in the right direction.
“Men still play a vital and influential role in our community, and the healthier we are, the happier and healthier our families and community will be,” he said.
“It is very important to have events like these to raise awareness of a subject that is sometimes difficult to talk about, but vital for our well-being.
“We’ll be taking a walk along the beautiful Burnett River, stopping to chat and coming back for a free coffee or tea at the River Cruz Café where we’ll continue to chat about our minds and how we keep them healthy. .
“There will be two walks during the week, one for the early risers before work and one later for the less early risers.”
Walk and Talk will depart from Riverside Parklands, near the River Cruz Café on Quay Street, on Tuesday November 15 from 7.30am to 8.30am and again on Thursday November 17 from 8.30am to 9.30am.