I was shocked by this on last night’s local WIN News.
Hundreds took part in Wollongong’s Walk for Pride this morning breaking down the stigma and starting conversations about mental health.
Currently, one in two people in the Illawarra is struggling with a mental health condition.
That Walk of Pride looks as if it was a good event. I didn’t see it as I was at home doing overdue laundry.
It took years for Woonona’s Madelaine Dunning-Baker to speak out about her mental health issues, but now she’s leading the charge.
The 21-year-old was the ambassador for Wollongong’s fifth Walk of Pride on Thursday – an annual event which promotes acceptance and understanding.
She led hundreds of Illawarra residents with a mental illness, their carers and supporters, and local service providers in the walk which culminated in an expo in Wollongong mall.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Share the Journey’; something Ms Dunning-Baker said has helped her to finally fight her demons….
South Coast Private Hospital CEO Kim Capp said such events not only helped stop the stigma of mental illness – which will affect one in four people at some point in their lives – they helped raise awareness about the supports available.
‘’For me this is a very important event for the community, for people who live with a mental health condition, their families and service providers,’’ she said.
‘’We know how very difficult it is for people to navigate the mental health system – so the expo provides them with a one-stop-shop to find out about all the services available in the community.
‘’Of course as well as educating our community about what’s out there, it’s also a celebration of well-being.’’
As part of the awareness month, Wollongong City Gallery is hosting an exhibition of artworks by patients from the Wollongong mental health hospital.
South Coast Private Hospital, Wollongong
It is a fact that when you walk or bus from Wollongong Station one of the biggest complexes between the station and Wollongong Central is that private hospital and clinic. Makes me wonder about Wollongong! But the “one in two” quoted in the WIN story does seem a bit much! Compare Health Stats NSW.