October is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and in recognition of the growing need to address mental health in more proactive ways, Central Coast Council has taken part in the Lost Bird Found Project.
A creative initiative to encourage conversation around mental health, the Lost Bird Found Project is being adopted by Councils across the state as a fun way to get people talking about mental health in a creative and connected setting.
It does so by having community members come together to create the ‘lost birds’, a number of small birds made with all sorts of materials and tagged with mental health information, to be scattered around the region.
More than 400 lost birds were created by Central Coast residents during two different Lost Bird Found Project workshops held in Woy Woy and The Entrance in August.
The lost birds have since been hidden around the Coast’s town centres and libraries with finders encouraged to post and tag photos on The Lost Bird Found Facebook page, or on their social media accounts to help spread the message that mental health matters.
The Lost Bird Found Facebook page also provides information on mental health services.
Mayor Lisa Matthews said that initiatives like these are important to help raise awareness and improve the mental health and wellness of the community.
“The project was founded by North Sydney Council and we are pleased to be able to implement the final stage of this creative project on the Coast.
“We want to help initiate conversations and reduce the stigma around mental health issues and assure the community there are great local services out there should they need it,” Mayor Matthews said.
Council will also be sharing mental health information as well as some hints about lost bird locations through its own social media throughout the month.
Media release, Oct 10
Central Coast Council Media