Feel blue Touch green encourages nurture through nature

Friday, 13 October 2017

Lismore City Council will launch a new project to improve people’s wellbeing and mental health, Feel blue Touch green, at the Mental Health Month Expo at Lismore City Hall next Friday, 20 October.

The project encourages people to take a walk in Lismore’s urban reserves and reconnect to nature, as the mental health benefits of the great outdoors are well documented.

Studies show that being in nature allows the mind to let go of everyday worries, reduces stress and calms nerves. Add a walk and you get the benefit of exercise with fresh air and the chance to spot some local wildlife.

“Children also benefit from time in nature where their imaginations can run wild and they learn resilience and self-regulation,” Environmental Strategies Officer Vanessa Tallon said.

“You don’t need to walk or drive far to experience one of Lismore’s natural treasures. There’s a range of parks and reserves that offer beautiful scenes and peaceful walks.”

Through the Biodiversity Management Strategy, Council is funding improvements to urban green reserves, including more walking tracks and increased ecosystem restoration, and is encouraging the community through the Feel blue Touch green project to enjoy these precious areas.

Council will install signage to promote walking tracks and reserves as well as distribute brochures and posters on the benefits of nature and what tracks and reserves can be explored in Lismore.

Council is just one of many local organisations attending the Mental Health Month Expo, which is a celebration of hope and recovery for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their families and carers.

The day will include theatre performances by Byron Youth Theatre, Playback Theatre, art exhibitions, food and information.

The event will begin with a breakfast for peer workers and interested community members with special guest Fay Jackson, a peer worker herself and the NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner.

Other speakers include Wellways CEO Liz Crowther as well as other leaders in the mental health sector in the local community.

The Mental Health Month Expo runs from 10am to 3pm at Lismore City Hall and entry is free. If you’d like to join the peer breakfast from 8am, register with Leisa Hoffmann at lhoffmann@wellways.org.

Image: Tucki Tucki Creek in Goonellabah is one of many walking tracks in Lismore that people can explore.

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