Community 'take plunge' for Mental Health Week

More than 20 brave locals gathered at the Whale Tail last Friday to ‘Take the Plunge’ as part of this year’s Mental Health Week.

Attendees held hands and shared words of encouragement as they leapt off of the James Street Jetty and into the water.

Mental Health Week, from October 7-14, aims to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing, ensuring people have the access to the right information.

Hope Community Services employee and event organiser Suzanne Pinker said she was very happy with the turnout.

“We had a fantastic turnout, with at least 20 people jumping into the water,” she said.

“Taking a plunge, its got two meanings.

“It’s jumping in the water but it’s also mentally taking a plunge.”

Ms Pinker presented the idea as part of a series of events for Mental Health Week in Esperance.

“I thought ‘why don’t we have everyone dress up, either in costume or in normal clothes, and just come down and take a plunge?’,” she said.

“We had leaflets that circulated and people found out by word of mouth.

“I told my clients from Hope community services and Bay of Islands Community Outreach inc told their clients and now they’re planning to do it again next year.”

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week involved connecting with nature, the community, and connecting with self for mental wellbeing.