Week to shine light on mental health

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams with Headspace Bunbury intake officer Bree Edwards and VSW volunteers Jayne Pope and Jeanette Repacholi are encouraging people to come to the expo on Friday.Picture: Ailish Delaney
Camera IconVolunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams with Headspace Bunbury intake officer Bree Edwards and VSW volunteers Jayne Pope and Jeanette Repacholi are encouraging people to come to the expo on Friday.Picture: Ailish Delaney Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

This week marks an awareness of mental health across Australia during what has been a tumultuous year.

Mental Health Week 2020 aims to bring attention to mental wellbeing within the community, with the theme ‘Strengthening our community — live, learn, work, play’.

Volunteer South West is collaborating with Headspace Bunbury to host a volunteer expo on Friday.

Coordinator Shamara Williams said the expo would give community members the chance to learn about volunteering at organisations such as Dolphin Discovery Centre and Leschenault Community Nursery.

“Many people volunteer in order to build social connections,” she said.

“The social aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological wellbeing.”

Headspace Bunbury intake officer Bree Edwards said poor mental health was an isolating experience.

Mental Health Week is about letting people know they’re not alone.

Bree Edwards

The week will see daily activities take place including a walk and lunch at Big Swamp tomorrow, Mental Health Week Exhibition at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and South West Aboriginal Medical Service community barbecue on Thursday.

For more information about Bunbury Mental Health Week, visit

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