A VARIETY of community workshops and initiatives are on offer this month thanks to Bendigo Community Health.
A free Smiling Mind community workshop and wellbeing action calendar are among the activities the health service will be running as part of Mental Health Month.
BCHS Health Promotion project worker Kahla Else said the October action calendar was based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing concept and encouraged people to try something new each day to care for their mental health.
"The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are simple ways to improve mental wellbeing. Life can get tough at times, especially in the middle of a global pandemic, so we suggest that you try the five," she said.
"Take some time to Connect, Be Active, Give, Take Notice and Keep Learning."
Ms Else said the calendar combines community events, initiatives and resources to help us all do the five.
She said a free Smiling Mind workshop for the community on October 20 would be another feature of Mental Health Month.
"The Bendigo Community Health Services Health Promotion team will host Smiling Mind for a free virtual 90-minute Resilience Workshop," she said.
"This is a valuable opportunity for anyone in the community to build their skills and knowledge and experience the many benefits that come with increased resilience and mindfulness in the workplace.
"We have held two Smiling Mind workshops already and the feedback from people who attended was overwhelmingly positive for what they learned and how much they enjoyed the experience.
"Given the COVID-19 pandemic makes hosting an in-person workshop too hard, we have decided to try a virtual one so as many people as possible can attend."
The workshop will start at 1pm on October 20 and to register people should search Eventbrite or use this direct link https://bit.ly/resilienceworkshopBCHS to the page.
A Zoom link and log in details will be emailed to all those who register closer to the date.
Ms Else said people should watch the BCHS website and social media platforms to stay up-to-date with the Action Calendar, Smiling Mind workshop and other activities during Mental Health Month.
She encouraged residents to download the October Action Calendar from the www.bchs.com.au website.
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