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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 NEWS 07 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Take care when you are buying a puppy ALYCE MOKRZYCKI Senior Reporter AN increase in online puppy scams has prompted renewed calls for consumers to beware when shopping for a new family member online, with Australians losing more than $310,000 and logging 584 reports as at March, 2018. Puppy scammers play on peoples emotions who have their heart set on a particular breed, ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. Once they see that cute puppy picture in an ad, they drop their guard and tend to miss the warning signs. A key sign you may be dealing with a puppy scammer is in the stories they spin, with scammers often claiming they have moved interstate or overseas and that the new owner will need to pay for transport or medical costs before the puppy can be delivered. Reports to Scamwatch show the majority of people have been contacted by scammers via email or online through classified sites and even social media, Ms Rickard said. Another common lie involves the scammer claiming that the puppy is overseas and it cant be delivered unless a payment is made due to customs or quarantine issues. If you hear these tales from a seller, stop all communication with them. The puppy, sadly, isnt real and if you make those payments, youll lose your money, Ms Rickard said. Visit scamwatch.gov.au for more information or to report a scam. Tapping into champions mind TWO-TIME wold paratriathlete champion Emily Tapp will be in Alice Springs to meet and talk to people at the Stress Less in the Park next Friday. She is a Lifeline Community Custodian as part of Mental Health Week. I have not personally had mental problems, but I have family and close friends who have, she said. As an athlete, like all sports people, I have had highs and lows. I am lucky to have family and good friends to share these with. I still stress at times but I perform better when I dont. Sport is great apart from being good fitness. Team sport gives a sense of community and something outside the classroom to engage people. Tapp, who grew up near Katherine, is excited about returning to the Territory and visiting Alice Springs for the first time. A keen campdrafter, a horse riding accident left her quadriplegic and ended that career. It was a massive life adjustment, Ms Tapp said. I look forward to meeting and talking to people. Para triathlete Emily Tapp won the Oceania championships sprint triathlon in Sydney. Picture: CLAUDIA BAXTER MENTAL wellbeing will be under the spotlight in Alice Springs for mental health week which aims to improve community awareness of mental health and reduce stigma. Each year the Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) organises a program of activities that encourages conversations in the community about mental health and to promote the support services that are available. Activities next week include a free film screening of Australian comedy Mental at the Alice Springs Cinema, a community morning tea at MHACA and stretch and relax classes at the Alice Springs Aquatic Centre in partnership with the town council. MHACA Health Promotion Unit Manager Helen Lambert said the activities are an engaging way to get people to think about their health. There are a range of services available for people who suffer from mental ill health as well as support for their carers. The important thing is that people dont have to suffer in Support for our wellbeing Mental health spotlight JAMAL BEN HADDOU Jamal.firstname.lastname@example.org silence and should be encouraged to reach out, she said. Ms Lambert said a lack of job opportunities and access to support services in remote communities makes it even more difficult for people living with mental health issues. For a person living with mental health issues, its important in their journey to recovery that theyre able to live in safe and affordable housing, she said. Next week will also feature the Stress Less in the Park event. The free community event will include a CAAMA live broadcast, Headspace day ambassador Ricky Boston and Lifeline community custodian and triathlete Emily Tapp. It will also include musical performances, stalls, giveaways, free food and drinks including a high tea. Activities include a photo booth, nail art, massages, healthy eating ideas, and medicines to help smokers quit. The event will be held from 9am to 1pm on Friday 11 October at the hospital lawns on Stuart Terrace. For more details visit mhaca.org.au/events www.health.nt.gov.au There is still time to help make a difference to the impact of substance misuse in the Northern Territory, and deliver localised prevention activities. The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 closes soon. Health services and non-government organisations needing assistance for projects and activities aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance misuse are encouraged to apply. For more information visit www.health.nt.gov.au and search alcohol and other drugs youth grants program or phone 8999 2691. Applications must be received Friday 11 October 2019. Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Grants Program 2019-20 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MHACA & Alice Springs Town Council proudly supporting Mental Health Week, October 2019 for THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2019 Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre 2 x FREE 40 minute stretch + relax classes at 10am & 12noon, followed by a FREE healthy lunch & swim! Please RSVP by 8 October (for catering purposes) to MHACA 8950 4600, or online at: events.humanitix.com.au/stretch-relax-for-mental-health