Lake Macquarie City Council's Mayor Kay Fraser has signed the National Communications Charter on behalf of the Council, demonstrating a commitment to prioritising mental health in the community.
A signing event was held on Tuesday, 21 February to celebrate the movement towards continuing to improve mental health in the council region, with other council staff in attendance.
“Mental ill-health touches almost everyone at some point in their lives, whether it’s directly, or through a friend or family member,” Cr Fraser said.
“It’s so important that we as a Council shine a light on this, provide services and activities to address it, and do what we can to reduce the stigma surrounding it.”
Lived experience representative, Alison Bryson emphasised the impact that language can have on stigma and a person's willingness to seek support.
Mayor Kay Fraser plans to work with staff at Lake Macquarie City Council to continue to implement and action the eight principles of The Charter, including facilitating the Let’s Lift Lake Mac wellbeing program, and regular Council-run events for seniors and others in the community at risk of being isolated or marginalised.
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