BEYONDBLUE’S big blue bus will arrive on the Gold Coast next week (29 October-4 November), with free community events planned in Burleigh Heads, Coomera, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Oxenford and Helensvale.
beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said the National Roadshow team will set up at public parks, a community centre, beachfront market, men’s shed, schools and a retirement village in order to share information about depression, anxiety and where to get support
“We have covered more than 37,000km on our journey around Australia, providing thousands of people in hundreds of communities with information,” she said.
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“We know that one in six Australians is currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both, and that around seven people die by suicide each day in Australia. Our aim is to assist people who may be struggling – and their families and friends – by providing free information resources and links to local and national support services.
“I encourage everyone to drop by the big blue bus when it is on the Gold Coast to find out more about depression and anxiety and ways to take action to recover and stay well.”
Gold Coast Medicare Local CEO Matt Carrodus said he welcomed the beyondblue bus visit to the region.
“Here on the Gold Coast, mental health has been identified as a regional priority, so we welcome the opportunity to promote the local services and supports that are available, and encourage residents to attend the local events to learn about where they or their friends or relatives can go for assistance,” he said.
Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck will speak at the National Roadshow’s first community event on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 29 October.
“The beyondblue bus is an opportunity to learn about mental health and wellbeing, because coping strategies are life skills that we should learn and practice every day to ward against mental illness. By understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, and by knowing where to go for help, you help yourself, and you help your family and friends,” she said.
For more information and bus locations, click here.