Good response to Pact Wellness Day

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Something for everyone was on offer at the Pact “Wellness Day” in the Balclutha Town Hall on Wednesday last week that ran alongside Mental Health Awareness Week.

There were free books and food at the event, along with a wood carving station, face painting and even a smoothie bike, where riders pushed the pedals to blend a smoothie.

Pact facilitator Tracey Currie said she was happy with the public response to the event.

“We’ve had lots of people through,” she said.

And it was a good way to get exposure for a service that often went unnoticed.

“We’ve been here for 23 years in Balclutha, and yet hardly anyone knows we’re here.”

Pact Balclutha deals with clients with mental illnesses and intellectual handicaps.

Representatives from all kinds of organisations were on site, such as the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust, disability services and a budget advisory service, for when financial issues affect mental health.

Ms Currie pointed to a sign on the entrance which read, “it’s OK to not be OK.”

“That’s the message . . . but people don’t always know help is available. We’re trying to include the community as much as possible.”

To do this, the event started at noon and ran until 8pm, giving those who were usually at work the opportunity to come and see what it was about.