Healthy living key to healthy mind

Healthy living to a healthy mind was the message of the day at STEPS’ inaugural Health and Wellbeing Expo, an event aimed at promoting mental health awareness and recovery.

The expo showcased support services from the Sunshine Coast region, along with businesses from the health sector in a bid to promote the benefits health living has on our mental wellbeing.

STEPS Social & Community Manager Liza Scriven said the expo was about motivating the local community to take steps towards a healthier life.

“Not being active and poor eating often leads to general feeling of unwellness that effects the way we feel mentally. Breaking that cycle can be difficult. We’re hoping that some of the people who have come along today have been motivated to take charge of their health, and of course we’ll be here to support them on their journey”.

A recent report published by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists found the life expectancy of people with mental illness was up to 30% shorter than that of the general Australian population.

Liza said that physical health is often overlooked when treating mental illness. “Being kind to our bodies is important for everyone, and is the first step towards a healthy mind”.

STEPS Community Services work with individuals to achieve holistic pathways to mental health recovery. Find out more about our services.

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