Bus blog

12 Mar 2015

Reducing stigma, increasing wisdom

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Post by Janine, Beyond Blue General Manager Marketing & Communications

 

The Roadshow is a revelation.

I’ve had conversations I will never forget. At a Men’s Shed I hear about types of stigma that have disappeared in two generations and I’m hopeful we will all work successfully to banish more in our lifetime.

I’m proud to be a part of a team that is so well trusted by people around Australia. As we draw in to any location people are waiting; bursting to say, to ask. The themes are humbling, genuine, vulnerable.    

So many good people with different stories – grateful we’ve helped in the past, keen or even desperate to look out for their loved ones right now, or pleased to understand symptoms and motivated to find the way back to mental wellbeing.        

All the great people we meet in Orbost, Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Morwell are united with us. They talk about depression, anxiety and suicide openly, they bring down the stigma and increase the wisdom. They create the safety for others to talk openly. They watch each other’s backs. They are brave, brilliant, wise and progressive.  

Would we have seen so many men as well as women 10 or 15 years ago, approaching us to talk about themselves or their children? Would we have seen so many young people? Would they have felt safe enough to talk openly in a public space back then? I don’t think so – this is certain progress.   

The Beyond Blue bus rolls on, fuelled by the millions of people across the country who support this powerful movement and support our vision – that all people in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health.

To see where the National Roadshow has travelled, including stops in Gippsland, visit Bus Highlights    

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