Walking on sunshine: Quinns Rocks beach walk

About 25 people attended the initial walk in Quinns Rocks.
About 25 people attended the initial walk in Quinns Rocks.

A BEACH walk organised by a health organisation has evolved into a weekly walk in Quinns Rocks.

North Metropolitan Health Service health promotion officer Lia Williams said about 25 people took part in the October 20 event, called ‘a stroll on the beach’.

“The event’s focus was about helping people make new social connections, and educate the community about mental wellbeing,” she said.

“The day started with a 10-minute laughter yoga session and a half-hour walk on the beach, where people were encouraged to introduce themselves to someone they had never met.

“The group then returned to enjoy a 20-minute yoga session, then participants listened to a 10-minute speech by a volunteer for Act-Belong-Commit.”

Miss Williams said the volunteer gave participants tricks and tips for maintaining good mental health and spoke about her experiences overcoming depression.

“Participants also had the opportunity to speak one-to-one to local mental health service providers,” she said.

“The event was very well received by participants and they expressed interest in continuing the social walk.”

The North Metropolitan Public Health Service co-ordinated the event with support from Black Swan, Intework and Act-Belong-Commit.

The North Coastal Women’s Shed will continue the weekly walk, meeting outside Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club every Monday at 9am, with anyone welcome to join.

Call Gerry on 0415 648 365 for more information.