Family Relationships and Mental Health Awareness

Harman Foundation organised a free seminar on Family Relationships and Mental Health Awareness on Sunday 5 November 2017 at the Glenwood Community Hub. The objective of the seminar was twofold: firstly, to raise awareness of mental health issues and how to know when to seek help and where to go; and secondly, to recognise and promote the importance of family and other support structures.

More than 125 men, women and children of diverse ethnicities and ages braved the rain and cold to attend the informative seminar. The event was a tribute to Lynn McCabe, a Psychologist, who sadly lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

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The format of the seminar was an open panel discussion between the attendees and the panel of speakers consisting of: Surpreet Cheema (Psychologist), Dr RichaRastogi (Psychiatrist), Dr Kiran Jassal (GP), Dr Gunjan Singh (GP), Una Turalic (Multicultural Health Service, Penrith) and Simi Bajaj (Computing lecturer at WSU, social worker). Amrit Versha, the patron of Harman Foundation and also an academic at the University of New South Wales, facilitated the panel discussion.

The audience of the seminar was expressive and provided interesting insights into their family dynamics and raised questions with the panel speakers about how to deal with any mental health related issues in those family dynamics. It was great to see that so many people were keen to learn. In parallel, the Art of Living ran a yoga and activities workshop with young children, followed by an adults meditation workshop.

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The seminar was very successful in and could not have been possible without the help of Harman Foundation’s financial supporters, Grewal Grain Mills, Waratah Estate Agents and Hope College, and numerous organisations who have provided their services and support including Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC), WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW, Balwinder Singh Chahal and his team from the Australian Sikh Association, India Club, Relationships Australia NSW (June Brooks and Dennis Farrar), Multicultural Health Service (Una Turalic), The Art of Living, JoyBooth and Sri Om Care. There were also a number of health related stalls where experts provided useful information, including a Podiatry related stall by SukhmaniKalra and a Vitamins and other health products stall by Gurmeet Kaur.