BEATING DEPRESSION: Anglicare staff (from left) Robynne Cooper, Nicole Lees, Sinead Geoghegan, Hajer Torjman, Colleen Brandon, (back, from left) Kathy Horton, Gena Hitzke, Jessica Wolski, Shaun Comber, Mellissa Holzheimer and Marcelo Medina have a laughing session to promote mental health week.
BEATING DEPRESSION: Anglicare staff (from left) Robynne Cooper, Nicole Lees, Sinead Geoghegan, Hajer Torjman, Colleen Brandon, (back, from left) Kathy Horton, Gena Hitzke, Jessica Wolski, Shaun Comber, Mellissa Holzheimer and Marcelo Medina have a laughing session to promote mental health week. Mike Richards GLALAGH

Plenty of local initiatives during Mental Health Week

HOW to cope with depression and mental health issues have been in the spotlight in Gladstone over recent months.

And next week's national Mental Health Week will see plenty of local initiatives to help people tackle the problem.

Anglicare Gladstone is hosting several events, and is still taking bookings Wednesday's Laughter Session.

The free event, held from 10am until midday, and again at 5.30 until 7.30pm, will encourage participants to laugh away stress, and discuss how to access support from the community.

"It's everyone's responsibility to respond and ensure those experiencing mental health issues know they are not alone," spokeswoman Robynne Cooper said.

"We believe mental health is about everyone and together we can make a difference."

The sessions will be held at the Gladstone Tennis Association Hall on Glenlyon St. Register on 4972 8220.

Everyone is welcome at Anglicare's Mental Health Week barbecue at Apex Park, on Friday, October 11.

From 11am until 1pm, the friendly event is a chance to connect with others.