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Jabiru supports Mental Health Week

18 October 2017

Community groups and organisations came together to put on the second annual Mental Health Week in Jabiru recently.
The week incorporated a variety of activities including training sessions, playgroups, morning teas, a social walk around the lake, art session, community barbecue, Jabiru Art and Craft Group activity and more, with all events were greatly received.
Now in its second year, Louise Mayclair of CatholicCare NT said the positive turnout demonstrates that community members are picking up on what the event is trying to achieve.
“People are getting excited for next year’s Mental Health Week which is a real win and means it has made an impact,” Louise said.
“There has been a lot of enthusiasm and engagement from across the whole community.”

Event organisers said the whole of community participation was made possible through the efforts of all organisations, individuals and stakeholders who came together to make the event possible.
The highlight of the week was certainly the community art competition which received up to 50 entries across all of the categories.
With a lot of talent, knowledge and thought behind each of the entries, competition judges Richard McArthur, Trish Miller and Lou Webster had a tough time deciding the winners.
Overall Art Winners -
5-8 years: 1st - Judy D
9-12 years: 1st – Jorgie
13-15 years: 1st - Jessie (plus overall winner prize)
16-18 years – 1st Corben
19 plus: 1st female - K Williams and 1st Male - Graham R
Louise said there was a good feel throughout the entire week and it was great to see the activities engaging everyone in the community and, ultimately raising awareness about mental health.
The event was only a huge success because of the collaboration of community groups and stakeholders including CatholicCare NT and in particular, Louise Mayclair, Public Health, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Girls Academy, Jabiru Foodland, Energy Resources of Australia, Westpac, Kakadu National Park, West Arnhem Regional Council, Morris Corp, Kakadu Tourism, Jabiru Art and Craft, Clontarf Academy and Jabiru Area School.