The big blue bus visited Melbourne’s bayside suburbs in March 2015.
First stop on 18 March was Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Moorabbin, with headspace and Victoria Police joining in to promote good mental health to students. Around 150 TAFE students enjoyed music, food stalls and the free info on offer amidst busy class schedules.
The team then headed to Mentone Railway Station to provide free Beyond Blue resources and chat with commuters on their way home from school or work.
The following day, the bus visited Sandringham College to provide students with Youth Beyond Blue info about staying well and how to help a friend. It was then on to Westall Secondary College in Clayton South for blue slushies and beanbag time, and more conversations about keeping well and coping with life pressures and school.
On Friday 20 March the team put on a free morning tea at Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre. Members from Dingley Village Men’s Shed then gathered to hear from Beyond Blue Speaker David Corduff before cooking up a delicious barbecue lunch.
It was then off to Clarinda Community Centre for a quick stop before setting up for the evening at the Ormond Community Festival. Live music, food stalls, art activities, face painting and a jumping castle attracted lots of local families and kids to the annual event.
South Melbourne Market played host on Saturday 21 March. Lots of shoppers picking up their weekly groceries dropped by the bus to have a chat – including Victorian Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley.The bus then headed to Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda for a Southern Football League practice match between East Brighton and St Kilda.
The visit to Bayside wrapped up in Malvern’s Central Park on 22 March. Thousands of people brought their furry companions along to the City of Stonnington’s Pets in the Park event. Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman attended with her dog Lola, with Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer and City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Melina Sehr dropping by to show their support for Beyond Blue.
Thanks to all those who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome. Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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