Keep the Stress Down

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Stress Down Day is an annual Lifeline fundraiser.

Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast is calling on the Clare community to Stress Down, have fun and raise much needed funds for the organisation.

With the amalgamation of Lifeline Broken Hill and Lifeline Country to Coast back in 2016, the Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast CEO is encouraging locals to stress less saying “Stress Down Day is a good reminder to stop and reflect on your own wellbeing and those that are close to you,”

“We need to ask ourselves are we doing too much, are we not taking care of ourselves like we should or are we neglecting those people in our lives who are important to us?” he said.

“If you are in a place where you are sad or feeling lonely or unhappy, on Stress Down Day make the point of seeking help.”

Along with providing awareness about mental health wellbeing, Stress Down Day plays a significant role in raising much needed funds for Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast.

Each year, the organisation encourages schools and businesses alike to take part on the day by dressing up in casual clothing to work or school for a donation to Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast.

This year’s theme is Trackie Dacks Day however participants do not necessarily have to go with this theme.

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Communications Coordinator, Jonnah Ortega said, “It really doesn’t matter how each school or business stresses down for the day, the point is to stress down, have fun, raise funds for Lifeline,”

“Pyjama day, pancake day, lazy Sunday, bad dad joke day, how you want to stress down as a group is entirely up to you,” she said.

As a community, Broken Hill has been raising community awareness and raising funds on Stress Down Day for many years and hopes that the three locations that the organisation is introducing the annual fundraiser; Clare, Port Pirie and Port Augusta will follow suit.

“It’s always a huge day in Broken Hill, it’s a great way of bringing the community together in a fun way along with sharing the important message on mental health and wellbeing,”

“Most local schools get involved annually along with banks, retail stores such as Cheap as Chips, Woolworths and Coles along with our local council,” Mrs Ortega said.

Most local schools in Clare, Port Pirie and Port Augusta have been contacted to take part in Stress Down Day.

Schools and businesses wanting to take part in this year’s Stress Down Day campaign can contact Jonnah Ortega on 8087 7525 or email comms@lifelinebrokenhill.org.au to obtain a registration form.

All funds raised stay in the region to help local people in need.

If you need help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.