Don't Lose Your Marbles

(11am, Sunday 14 October 2012, Ward Park Surry Hills)


Welcome everyone. I'd like to acknowledge the original custodians of our land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present, and I acknowledge the people of the 200 nations who live in our city.

Welcome to Don't Lose Your Marbles Community Fun Day, it is being held as part of Mental Health Month - and it's run by the Inner City Mental Health Recovery Work Group, an initiative of the Surry Hills Public Tenants Association. I would like to congratulate the organisers and everyone involved for all their work in putting on today's activities.

Mental health issues affect more than one in five Australians every year - and this month gives us all an opportunity to think about ways in which we can look after our social and emotional well-being.

The theme for this year's Mental Health Month is 'Celebrate, Connect, Grow'.

It's asking us to celebrate the positive in our lives, and to recognise the importance of community and drawing on our strengths to help us through more challenging times.

Days such as this are a wonderful way to raise awareness about mental health issues, lessen stigma, connect with others and find out more about help that's available.

There's a free BBQ, a coffee cart, marble cakes and marble games, and lots of information available.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and I'm delighted to open "Don't Lose Your Marbles".