THE third annual Tamworth Stress Less Festival will help celebrate Mental Health Month with a party in the park tomorrow from 3pm and provide some simple tips about taking the edge off stressed lives.
The theme is "Celebrate, connect, grow", and organising spokeswoman Gina Blyton says it is designed to celebrate positive events in our lives, as well as the strengths and values that have helped each of us through challenging times.
The acting rehabilitation co- ordinator with Hunter New England Health said the theme also served to remind people to connect with others, by strengthening existing relationships, making new friends, expanding horizons and trying something new.
"The festival activities we have planned will remind us of the simple pleasures that can boost our mental health," Ms Blyton said.
"It's also a day to recognise that mental health issues affect a very diverse range of people in our community, and to take some of the stigma out of mental illness."
Ms Blyton encouraged festival fans to take a picnic rug.
Musical groups such as Batteries Not Included, Loren Ryan, Lara and Evie and Foreign Fiction will perform.
Organisers say there will also be demonstrations of zumba, tai chi, traditional Aboriginal dancing and gardening.
Other activities, such as a silent disco, jumping castle, youth mental health bus and massages in the chillout tent will help festival-goers celebrate the little things in life.
The festival runs from 3pm to 7pm.
If you're concerned about your mental health, or the mental health of a family member friend or colleague, talk to your local GP.
You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the 24-hour NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.