World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2015


World Mental Health Day aims to promote public awareness of mental issues worldwide. This year the day falls within Queensland Mental Health Week 4th October – 11th October 2015. The focus for Queensland Mental Health Week this year was ‘Value Mental Health’.

World Mental Health Day in Australia set its focusing on three objectives:

  1. Encourage help seeking behaviour
  2. Reduce stigma associated with mental illness
  3. Foster connectivity throughout communities

Mental Health Australia, a not-for-profit organisation is leading the WMHD campaign in Australia. As part of the campaign Mental Health Australia invites everyone to make a personal mental health promise (regardless of their current mental health).

For more information on how Learn.Grow.Flourish can support your child or young adult’s mental health see Counselling Services.

Call: Tracy Blanchard – 0417 251 707 | Email: 

Smile – It’s Contagious

World Smile Day


Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, from Worcester Massachusetts, introduced the ‘smiley face’ in 1963.

Concerned that this symbol had started to lose its original message in the rapid commercialisation of the symbol, Ball introduced the idea of World Smile Day (1st Friday of October) – encouraging people to devote one day in the year to smiles and kind acts to others.

For this day, Ball proposed that just as the ‘smiley face’ knows no barriers of language, race, politics etc, neither should we.

Nurturing our well-being is vital… but doesn’t need to be done alone.

Good mental health/ wellbeing allows us to cope with the normal stresses of life, work towards our potential and contribute to our community [1].  Similar to physical health, mental health needs nurturing and attention to preserve its healthy state.

Life often presents us with opportunities for self-growth – to embrace our inner strengths and develop more effective ways to cope with what life offers. At times this can be achieved independently, other times guidance and support may be needed.

Neither way is better or right – What is important, is the choice to Learn, Grow and Flourish.

Learn.Grow.Flourish offers a range of services aimed at supporting and encouraging children and young adults to develop skills to help them succeed as an individual at school and within the community.

These services range from working with the children and young adults to the adults who care and work with them.:

  • Counselling – specific to a presenting challenge or goal set by the young person/parent
  • Career Counselling – working with young adults to discover future goals regarding career opportunities
  • Parent Support – on parenting concerns. E.g: behaviour management, juggling parenting and work, supporting a child with a diagnosed disability
  • Wellbeing Check – reviewing current circumstances when concerns are developing or when experiencing a change or transition which may benefit from additional support – E.G a stressful time in life such as exams, change in circumstances

Medicare Rebates and Private Health Rebates are available.

Contact Tracy Blanchard to discuss these services and make an appointment:

Phone: 0417 251 707 | Email: