More than 300 people attended the inaugural West Moreton Oxley Partners in Recovery (PIR) Wellbeing Fair on Saturday 10 May at Queensland Park in Ipswich. Ivan Frkovic, Aftercare National Operations Manager opened the event with Nunukal Dance Troop demonstrating the welcome to country.Partners in Recovery is a new program aiming to change mental health systems in the region so people with chronic mental illness have better access to services. Ivan said PIR is delighted to partner with the Ipswich City Council to be a part of the Ipswich Festival and celebrate a day of “living well” in the West Moreton Oxley region. Karri Browne from Ipswich City Council Community Development Branch said she received so much positive feedback, with the event really well received within the Ipswich community.
Instead of keeping the focus on mental illness, Aftercare and its partners wanted to shift the focus to mental wellness. Our willingness to invest time in activities, which are fun, make us laugh or spend quality time with people, bring about conditions in the body which actively relieve stress, boost the immune system, increase blood flow, release endorphins, protect the heart and so much more!The PIR Wellbeing Fair is about raising awareness of the need to make these activities part of our everyday lives as this will have a positive benefit on our social and emotional wellbeing, which in turn will have a positive impact on our mental health.