Social inclusion key to good mental health

Simple gesture: Leith Hunt and Kalijah Madison were dispensing free hugs at the Get Amongst It day for mental health.

Simple gesture: Leith Hunt and Kalijah Madison were dispensing free hugs at the Get Amongst It day for mental health.

THERE were free hugs, back rubs and lots of social inclusion at the Get Amongst It day in Warrnambool for Mental Health Week.

Vanessa Slattery from Wellways (formerly MI Fellowship) said the event on the Civic Green promoted social inclusion by involving a number of community groups and the arts as well as mental health service providers.

Ms Slattery said social inclusion, good physical health, music and art helped people achieve good mental health.

As part of that approach, the Get Amongst It event also involved performances by local singers and dancers.

A Warrnambool mural done by Warrnambool young people and coordinated by South West TAFE was also unveiled. 

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