Scavenger hunt to help raise awareness this Mental Health Month

Orange Council

Orange City Council will hold a Selfie Snapshot Scavenger Hunt at Orange Botanic Gardens on Sunday 9 October for Mental Health Month.

Everyone is welcome to come along with friends and family to take part in the free event, to raise awareness of mental illness and how to seek help when it is needed.

During the game, items will be hidden throughout the Orange Botanic Gardens. Individuals or teams of hunters must locate six hidden letters, which spell out a message they must decode. An additional four items, which are features of the Gardens, must also be located, and snapped in a selfie.

Once the participants have solved the riddle and located all the items, they will go in the draw to win Think Orange Region vouchers.

Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair, Cr Mel McDonell said the event provided an opportunity to talk about mental health in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

“This is a fun way for people to get outside with friends and family and understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives. Being able to take a break from the day-to-day, enjoy some fresh air and go for a walk is just one way to boost your mental health and to check on others at the same time,” Cr McDonell said.

“This is a chance to focus on something fun and bring yourself back into the moment. We all know that exercise and access to nature helps improve sleep, reduce stress and encourage positive social interactions.”

The Selfie Snapshot Scavenger Hunt will begin at 11am on Sunday 9 October at the Orange Botanic Gardens Function Room.

A barbecue will be provided by the Lions Club of Orange Canobolas and participants can find out more about mental health at the Headspace lemonade stand and other information stalls.

The event is funded by the WayAhead Mental Health Association, a not-for-profit organisation providing support and promoting mental health and wellbeing.

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