One in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life, but finding out about the support services available to them can often prove difficult. That’s where the Frankston/Peninsula Mental Health Expo 2018 can help.
First held in 2015, this free annual community expo is an invaluable source of information about all aspects of mental health. The number of people attending has more than doubled in the past three years, and its value is reflected in their comments: “Wonderful support and opportunity to acquire help needed for all”; “It is often difficult to seek or accept help. This is an excellent, warm & friendly forum to do so”; “I found there were a number of services out there that I did not know about”; “Inspiring, courageous, beautifully presented”.
The effects of mental illness such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse disorders can have an impact on all areas of a person’s life, from employment to relationships to everyday functioning. Including families and carers in the “recovery” process – in decisions and actions regarding planning, setting goals, treatment methods and so on – generally produces a better, longer term outcome for people with mental illness. The expo will give them appropriate information about support services that might be helpful to their needs and situation.
The expo will also answer all your questions regarding the NDIS – what it is, whether you’re eligible, and how you can apply.
The expo is on Friday, April 20, from 10am-2pm at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings. The free entry includes food and giveaways.