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Family film nights in the Hunter to support better mental health

Local mental health services across the Hunter have united to create a series of family film screenings throughout October to celebrate Mental Health Month. 

The free outdoor screenings will culminate in a Value Your Mind in Support of Mental Health Day at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Neami National, Richmond PRA, Aftercare, Ability Links, and Maitland/Dungog Community Youth Development Project are joining forces to screen films in Dungog, Cessnock and Maitland.  Families are encouraged to picnic under the stars and enjoy some great films in a friendly atmosphere.

Each film night will also feature an information stand with materials and information from local services to enable people to find out more or access support for themselves or someone they know.

As a finale to the screenings, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery will host a Fair Day with stalls and activities including art workshops, street soccer, food, coffee and local musicians.

Debra Bollinger, Team Leader with Aftercare, said ‘Mental health is a concern for the whole community.  Mental Health Month aims to raise awareness of issues and reduce the stigma of diagnosis, and provide a recovery focussed conversation with the 1 in 5 Australians who are diagnosed with mental illness.’

Mental Health Month Events Schedule

  • Dungog

7pm Friday 9 October at Bennet Park (Gates open from 5pm)
Film: Home (Rated PG)

  • Cessnock

7pm Friday 16 October at Baddeley Park (Gates open from 5pm)
Film: Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Rated PG)

  • Maitland

7pm Friday 23 October at Maitland Park, near the Rotunda (Gates open 5pm)
Film: Paper Plans (Rated Family)

  • Value Your Mind Family Fair Day (In support of Mental Health Month)

10am-3pm Friday 30 October at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Featuring: Art workshop, street soccer, BBQ food, local music, coffee and information stalls

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