A new 16-week program will give our over-50s the chance to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
A new 16-week program will give our over-50s the chance to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Over 50 and want to improve your mental health?

A NEW Sunshine Coast Council initiative, funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission, will give our over-50s the chance to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Registration is now open for the free Healthy Sunshine Coast Seniors 16-week program which aligns with the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy target of maintaining our region's status as the healthiest in the state.

Community portfolio councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy highlighted the importance of ensuring people are safe, healthy, feel valued, embraced and connected.

"This program is tailored for the over-50s and is an opportunity for them to acknowledge and reflect upon their mental health and to take action to improve their wellbeing.

"It is quite fitting this program will commence during Social Inclusion Week, from November 19-27, as it encourages seniors to connect, to build networks and address isolation."

Cr McKay said Healthy Sunshine Coast Seniors would be delivered in two stages.

"Stage one runs for six weeks and will assist individuals to set goals to improve their physical health and will be followed by an experiential session connecting them with existing community-based activity programs," Cr McKay said.

"The second stage delivered over 10 weeks will see seniors paired with a peer support worker to implement cognitive and physical tools for improvement of mental well-being while connecting them with established networks and services in the community.

"The program is available for up to 30 participants across the Sunshine Coast and will include lunch and transport if necessary for residents living in rural and remote areas or where public transport is not an option. 

"The sessions will be held at Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre from 10am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays, commencing on November 21."

Bookings for these sessions are essential. Visit council's website at https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Community-Support/Health-and-Wellbeing-Programs/Healthy-Sunshine-Coast to register.


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