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Goldfielders encouraged to get active for mental health this Saturday

Goldfielders of all ages are invited to don their activewear and get moving to celebrate the end of WA Mental Health Week on Saturday.

More than 20 Kalgoorlie-Boulder businesses and organisations have collaborated to present the community fitness event, which will allow locals to try different activities including yoga, pilates, tai chi, high intensity cardio and dynamic dance routines.

Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre chief executive Gloria Moyle said physical activity went “hand in hand” with mental health. “We know that physical activity will raise endorphins but also gives that sense of purpose and something to work towards,” she said.

Ms Moyle said it was important local groups worked together to support the physical and mental health needs of the community.

“One of the biggest things we find is a lot of people feel disconnected because they are not part of a community or they are not here with their family or friends, but the Goldfields does have a great way of bringing people together,” she said.

“When people get together, they can actually support each other a lot better.”

Anglicare WA’s Beverley Pack was involved in securing funding through the WA Association of Mental Health for the event. Ms Pack said organisers hoped to remind locals of the importance of self-care.

“It is important to look after your mental wellbeing even if it is only taking a small portion out of your day on a regular basis to give time to yourself and time to do things within the community,” she said.

Ms Pack said the event would act as a showcase of the resources and services locally.

The free event runs between 10am and noon at the Lord Forrest Precinct on Saturday.

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