Mental Health Awareness

28th October, 2018


On Sunday 28th October, The Rotaract Club of Brisbane International, in partnership with The Mind and Movement Company, Venus Fitness, and Rotary Club of Brisbane International hosted the Luncheon for Better Mental Health. The Luncheon was attended by approximately forty people from the Brisbane Community. The key focus for the event was to open-up conversations around mental health, and to help reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

Psychologist and Director at The Mind and Movement Company, Krishneel Maharaj, said “in Australia, 1 in 5 people experience a Mental Illness each year. Worryingly, six people die from suicide each day, and a further thirty will attempt to take their own life. While these numbers are overwhelming, one number that stands out – especially given the number of people living with mental health challenges – is that of all the people that experience mental illness, less than half seek support.”

“It is important for us to be open as a community, to talking about and supporting people experiencing challenges with their mental health. It should be no different to when someone has an injury from sports – we talk about it openly and get the appropriate support from our doctor or physiotherapist. Let’s encourage the same for our mental health.”


The Luncheon also explored ideas around maintaining our mental well-being, including diet, exercise and sleep. Rob Clacher from Venus Fitness facilitated a fun group fitness session and Sharon Wilks from WellWorkers Programs taught an introductory yoga session.  

This Community Event was possible through the help of some wonderful sponsors, including Brisbane Indian Times, Factory 51, Beyond Rest Coorparoo, IGA Marketplace Greenslopes, Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo and Arvind Sharma from SGS Party Hire.

If you are concerned about your own well-being, or that of a friend or family member, call Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support service on 13 11 14 or seek immediate support from your Doctor, or a Psychologist. 

Krishneel Maharaj

It’s so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.
— Ruby Wax
Rahil Padarath