Harold called in to help lift spirits

Latrobe Valley Express
By: Bryce Eishold
Photo: By Hayley Mills
Photo Caption: Lifeline Gippsland alpacas visited Morwell Police Station on Tuesday as part of World Mental Health Day. Senior Sergeant David Watson pictured with Lifeline Gippsland's Lill Cunningham and Helen Ringin.

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Mental health was on the agenda earlier this week when Lifeline Gippsland hit the streets of Morwell with three alpacas to mark World Mental Health Day.

One-year-old Harold and his two six-month-old friends Riot and Button drew much attention as the cuddly creatures wandered through Morwell's central business district on Tuesday.

Lifelife Gippsland crisis services coordinator Annette Davey said the organisation used Harold and his friends as a way to engage people about mental health.

The alpacas form part of the organisation's HALT & Say Hi program aiming to give hope and assistance for local tradies and address community health issues.

"We're not trying to fix anybody, we're just starting the conversation to talk to people about the things they do to feel OK when life gets tough," Ms Davey said.

"We spoke with people who told us that they had been diagnosed with mental health issues.

"They felt good about meeting the alpacas and as they walked away, one of them said 'it's been the best day of my life' and that's what we wanted to hear."

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