Manager of Crane Community Support Mental Health Service Mark McGrath, with Daily Examiner promotions manager Lainie Edwards and Jock McNamara of CHESS with the open prize for the Camera Rally.
Manager of Crane Community Support Mental Health Service Mark McGrath, with Daily Examiner promotions manager Lainie Edwards and Jock McNamara of CHESS with the open prize for the Camera Rally.

Photos help mental health

AN LCD TV and Nintendo Wii are up for grabs this October long weekend photo rally aimed at promoting Mental Health Month.

Mark McGrath who manages the mental health service at Cranes (formerly Community Programs) said the photo rally allowed people to express themselves in a medium which in itself helped promote mental health.

"Treating mental health is more than just drugs and psychotheraphy," Mr McGrath said.

"Exercising, eating well, relaxing, having balance in your life are all just as important.

"A person can come to us who is still on their medication but these other things are not happening and they will be a mess.

"Photography allows people to express where your head's at."

The rally is being organised by a dedicated committee from Clarence Valley Mental Health, CHESS, New Horizons, Mission Australia, Cranes, Community Support Programs, Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and The Daily Examiner (DEX).

The major prizes are sponsored by Harvey Norman, DEX, Dick Smith Electronics and CVC.

The rally will be judged in two categories, open and junior, and participants can register by emailing photocomp@cranes.org.au or with a registration form available at Cranes, 3-7 Prince St, Grafton.

Participants will need to have their mobile phones charged to receive the competition theme on Saturday, October 1.

Images can be printed or submitted via email and entries close at noon on Monday, October 3.

A selection of the 10 best images in each category will be printed and displayed at Grafton Shoppingworld for a public ballot.

For more information, phone MrMcGrath on 6642 7257.



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