Chalk messages to shine a light on mental health

The pavements of Springfield Central are being decorated with chalk this week, in an effort to get more people talking about about mental health.

Orion Springfield Central is hosting Let’s Chalk About Mental Health – an initiative held during Mental Health week to encourage members of the community to pick up some chalk and share an uplifting message or drawing.

Boxes of chalk are available next to the fountain area until Sunday 13 October, with people being asked to share their photos on social media with the hashtags #endthestigma and #letschalkaboutmentalhealth.

Orion Springfield Central centre manager Greg Plawecki said the chalk art would help start more conversations on mental health.

“With statistics showing almost half of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, it’s important to get more people talking to help end the stigma,” he said.

Queensland Mental Health Week runs from 5 – 13 October. This year’s theme is Take Time for mental health. It encourages simple actions that can help build resilience and boost wellbeing.

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