As part of Mental Health Week 8-14 October, Access held a lunch for clients and community at Harmony Place, our centre for multicultural mental health and wellbeing. Harmony Place plays a unique role in the community in supporting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers struggling with complex mental health concerns. Individuals and families came together to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing with a free lunch, live music, guest speakers and information sessions on workshops run regularly by Harmony Place. To find out more about this service, contact admin@harmonyplace.org.au.

Access staff members also raised awareness for Mental Health Week with mindfulness workshops and an ‘Odd Sock Day’, a light-hearted reminder that anyone can have an odd day and that stigma is one of the greatest barriers to people seeking help and recovering from a mental illness.