Group guide: Mid North Coast
BOOK A MAMMOGRAM TODAY
BREASTSCREEN NSW is encouraging women to get together with a friend to book a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to boost screening rates and save lives.
More than one in eight women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but almost half of women aged 50-74 are not getting their recommended two yearly mammograms.
Figures from the Cancer Institute NSW show that on the Mid North Coast 217 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. An appointment with BreastScreen NSW is free and takes about 20 minutes in total. In addition to 46 BreastScreen sites, BreastScreen NSW has 16 mobile vans that provide services to about 180 locations across NSW, including rural and remote areas.
To book a mammogram today with BreastScreen NSW, phone 13 20 50. You can search for your nearest BreastScreen NSW service or book online, go to book.breast screen.nsw.gov.au. BreastScreen NSW is located at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Coffs Harbour Health Campus and at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. The mobile unit will be at South West Rocks from November 18 to December 9.
OUR next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at the Cavanbah Centre on Harbour Dr in Coffs Harbour at 9.45am for 10am. The guest speaker will be Lily Isabella who will present an interactive and energetic program entitled "Telling Stories". Morning tea will follow the guest speaker. This club is a friendly mixed gender club and visitors and new members are always welcome.
For more information phone Brian 02 5619 2484.
SHARE THE JOURNEY IN MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
MENTAL Health Month is celebrated every October in NSW and Coffs Harbour's Harry Bailey Memorial Library is running a series of events to help everyone think about our own and others' mental health and wellbeing.
This year, the theme for Mental Health Month is Share the Journey. Share the Journey means telling your friends and family when things are a bit tough, finding others who have been through something similar, connecting with your community, finding a health professional you trust, connecting on social media, giving your pet a cuddle, organisations working together for the best possible wellbeing of everyone, sharing your stories with others, creating a sense of security within families and communities, reaching out to someone who might need your help, decreasing the isolation people feel when things aren't great.
On Tuesday, October 22, there will be a Share The Journey Community Storytelling Event at Harry Bailey Memorial Library. This will feature local people who have lived - or are living with - a mental health challenge and the courage to share their story. The event is being presented by Connection Works Australia. To secure your place, go to connectionworks australia.com.
Author Nicki Jeffrey will also be visiting Storytime at 11am in the library on Wednesday, October, 23, and holding a talk on her book Encouraging Mums with Hope on Thursday, October 24, at 6pm. Nicki's book is a source of support for Mums dealing with postnatal mental health concerns. It targets all aspects of the journey - body, mind, soul and spirit - and offers both practical advice and wisdom from Mums who have been there and healthcare professionals. Light refreshments will be served, and Nicki's book will be on sale.