Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Hunter has postponed the 2018 Mental Health Wellness Walk.
The walk is held in Newcastle each year and normally attracts around 400 people. It was first held in 2005 to provide an opportunity for local people who care for others experiencing mental health issues to unite and support each other. The walk was the initiative of the then Regional Manager, Joanne Sinclair. It has been supported and continued by a group of dedicated volunteers, and usually includes a family fun event held in Civic Park.
The event was scheduled to be held on 27 October 2018 this year. Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances this year’s event will be postponed.
ARAFMI Hunter President, Janette Dempsey, said that limited volunteers and staff resources made the event in 2018 untenable.
“The volunteers together with the generosity of volunteer board members and a few local organisations have done a tremendous job over the past few years in providing this event for our community. Sadly, the organisation’s volunteer base has decreased dramatically due to aging individuals and competing priorities. Unfortunately, less people power makes the event untenable right now,” Janette said.
“ARAFMI is however speaking with a number of organisations and community groups to see if the event might be a collaborative event into the future,” she said.
Counselling and support services currently offered by ARAFMI Hunter will continue as normal.