Thursday, September 21, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

I’m Here To Hear With R U OK DAY

Over 200 people checked into the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre’s R U OK Day celebrations, with more than 10 local organisations gathering to create a mini street in the carpark, promoting mental health and suicide prevention.

“This year, we also targeted our messaging to a male audience,” Coordinator of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, Stephanie Cora explained.

The Hillery Group attended on the day and representatives promoted Real Mates Talk, a Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay organisation which tackles the alarming statistic that three-quarters of deaths by suicide are men.

Whitsunday Regional Councillor Michelle Wright also joined the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre team, assisting with each of the services and supporting the day.

“It is always a great event, with each service stepping up and helping out,” Cr Wright said.

The Whitsunday Regional Council is a strong supporter of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, having supported the R U OK Day celebrations for the last four years.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Julie Hall said Council have been a proud financial supporter of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre R U OK Day event for more than four years.

"In our Whitsunday community, we believe that mental health matters every day, and that's why we're proud to stand with local groups on R U OK Day to help foster conversations that can change lives,” she said.

"As a Council, we are proud to support R U OK Day because it aligns with our community values of caring for one another. Together, we can create a culture of openness and support.

"The power of conversation is so important to break down barriers, reduce stigma, and offer hope to those who may be struggling.

"R U OK Day reminds us that a small conversation can have a big impact.”

Mark Steen, Stephanie Cora, and Whitsunday Regional Councillor Michelle Wright

Stephanie Cora and the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre team

Liberty Rural Team rocking TradeMutt mental health shirts

Hillery Group making fresh cinnamon donuts and promoting Real Mates Talk

Stella Life Care sharing mental health within individual support. Photo Credit: Bronte Hodge

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