MASP House Access Supporting Workers, Mia Harvey and Ezgi Dennison

By MADISON EASTMOND

LAST Thursday, Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) brought the Mildura Community together to ask a simple question, are you okay?

RUOK was widely celebrated across Australia the previous week, raising awareness of suicide and inspiring communities to connect with each other and support those struggling with mental illness, 

Wanting to give back to the local people of Mildura, the Diversity Team at MASP decided to hold a free lunch for the national day of action, whilst also offering tips and resources for those to access while having a bit of community fun.

According to MASP House Access Supporting Worker, Ezgi Dennison, asking those three words can truly save a life.

“RUOK Day is so important to MASP and our community,” Ms Dennison said.

“Having access to resources and even knowing how to ask if someone is okay can save a life.

“A community lunch such a this brings people together for a bit of fun, but it is also actively breaking down the sigma around mental health.”

Amongst the raffles, face paint and sausage sizzle, Mildura businesses such as Mallee Family Health and Headspace, just to name a few, were also present at the community event. 

“This has just been a fantastic day for those either suffering or know someone suffering with mental illness to come together, access resources and break down stigma,” MASP House Access Supporting Worker, Mia Harvey said, 

“We have not only been able to provide resources for people struggling with mental health issues, but also information on knowing the sighs and learning how to start a conversation.

“On average, at least eight people in Australia commit suicide ever day, so events such as these are so important and essential.

“The community involvement has been amazing, the food was generously donated by Mildura Central Woolworths, and this project has been supported wholeheartedly by our CEO!

“MASP is so happy we were able to hold such a significant event, and we can’t wait to continue.”