Merriwa Community Hub asks R U OK?

Grace Winmar (Clarkson), Aaliyah Headland (Clarkson), Melissa Lakatani (Legacy Sisterhood Empowerment) and her daughter Isabella (3), Brad Isbister (Neami National) and Danny Lakatani (Man Up). Picture: Martin Kennealey
Grace Winmar (Clarkson), Aaliyah Headland (Clarkson), Melissa Lakatani (Legacy Sisterhood Empowerment) and her daughter Isabella (3), Brad Isbister (Neami National) and Danny Lakatani (Man Up). Picture: Martin Kennealey

MEMBERS of the local community gathered at the Merriwa Community Hub for R U OK? Day on September 13.

About 100 attended, enjoying a free sausage sizzle, stone painting, helping to install new beds in the community garden and learning how to make seed bombs.

MercyCare community engagement pfficer Emma DelPino said the event was about connecting the community.

“Social isolation can have a big effect on mental health so we hope by attending the event, it gave people the chance to develop contacts who may be able to support them when they’re not feeling OK,” she said.

“We also had many different service providers on hand to help start conversations.”

These included the Quinns Men’s Shed, Headspace, women’s health and family services, the Northern Suburbs Women’s Friendship Group and Cyrenian House, which provides alcohol and drug services.

The event was a joint project between the MercyCare hub and community mental health service Neami National.