Yankalilla Men's Shed promotes positive mental health message

Mental health awareness: The Yankalilla Men's Shed has handcrafted signs with positive mental health messages. Photo: Supplied.
Mental health awareness: The Yankalilla Men's Shed has handcrafted signs with positive mental health messages. Photo: Supplied.

To help promote National Mental Health Week, the Yankalilla Men's Shed is working to spread the message: "It's okay to not be okay".

National Mental Health Week runs between October 10-17 and aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

To do their part, the Yankalilla Men's Shed has teamed up with the Yankalilla District Council, The Skylight Foundation and Community Connect, and has crafted signs for local businesses, emblazoned with positive mental health messages.

Yankalilla Men's Shed founding member Ashley Edwards said he hoped the signs would be displayed across the community.

"We're making these signs for local businesses and community groups to display," he said.

"We want people to know that's it's okay to not be okay, and there's assistance available for anyone who may require it.

"We're also doing a range of smaller signs for anyone who wants one and encouraging people, especially kids, to paint their own in the hope they remember the message and the phone number if they ever need it."

The handcrafted signs combine the slogan "it's okay to not be okay" with the Lifeline phone number and include a blue tree in the centre, to represent mental health awareness.

This Friday (October 16), the Men's Shed will be running a stall in the Normanville Supermarket, handing out blue trees along with paint and brushes for anyone who wants to paint one, along with mental health brochures and contact information.

"We encourage any businesses or individuals to contact us for their free sign at: asheddie@hotmail.com or call 0439047336," Mr Edwards said.

"If anyone is feeling blue, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14."