Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.
At the City of Sydney aquatic and fitness we understand the positive effects that physical activity and exercise can have upon some body’s overall wellbeing and encourage anyone who may be experiencing mental health to come for a swim or try one of our exercise programs.
To support those experiencing mental health within the local community the City of Sydney’s aquatic and fitness centres currently offer two programs to encourage participation and opportunity. Firstly, the Take charge® program, is a health and wellbeing program that provides a complimentary 60-day membership to those experiencing mental health, with this being available at Cook + Phillip Park Pool, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Pool. Participants receive access to the facilities to their chosen centre as well as support from health club staff and instructors. A referral from a health professional is required for this program.
There is also the Swimming Well program which takes place at Prince Alfred Park Pool. The program offers individuals experiencing mental the opportunity to learn water safety and swimming skills in a comfortable relaxed environment with trained staff and peers. The class takes place every Tuesday at 1pm at a cost of $2 for participants.
For more information regarding Mental Health Month please visit http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/ and further information regarding programs and initiative at the City of Sydney aquatic and fitness centres please contact Dave Owen, Community Development Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0451 117 281.
Mental Health Month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing
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