Beyond Blue’s National Roadshow was riverside for the Adelaide Crows vs Port Power showdown on Saturday 29 March, 2014.
Parked outside Adelaide Oval along the River Torrens, footy fans were happy to incorporate a new colour into their supporter gear for the day – a bright blue Beyond Blue wristband. Port Power’s Sam Gray came down to the bus to lend a hand and chat with fans.
On Monday 31 March, the bus parked at The University of Adelaide to provide information to students and staff about mental health and ways to stay well. Tai Chi was on offer on the Barr Smith lawns – a perfect example of relaxation.
The next day the bus headed up the hill to Mount Barker. Despite the unseasonably warm temperature – 37 degrees – many people in the community came out to pick up information and chat with Beyond Blue and Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local (CAHML) staff.
On Wednesday 2 April, nearly 200 business owners and managers turned out to hear about mentally healthy workplaces from Beyond Blue chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett, Beyond Blue Head of Workplace Programs Therese Fitzpatrick, WorkCoverSA General Manager of Insurance Rob Cordiner, and BusinessSA Director of Policy Rick Cairney.
Following the breakfast, Beyond Blue, Movember and CAHML launched NewAccess – a free personal coaching program that offers early intervention for people who are starting to develop depression and anxiety symptoms. (NewAccess is being piloted in three sites over two years and will then be independently evaluated, with the evaluation to be then put to the Federal government for consideration.)
That afternoon, the bus headed to Hindmarsh Square to chat with the public. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Senator for South Australia and Member of the Australian Greens) dropped by the bus and filled out a mental health pledge. Capril’s John Murch also caped up and stopped by. Capril is an annual fundraiser urging people to wear capes during everyday activities in April to spark conversations and raise awareness of depression and anxiety.
On Thursday 3 April, the Roadshow visited Hanson Construction Materials in Port Adelaide. The 25 staff on site welcomed the visit as part of their workplace health program and enjoyed lunch with the Roadshow team and Medicare Local staff.
The Roadshow’s time in the Central Adelaide and Hill Medicare Local region wrapped up that afternoon with a visit to Arndale Central Shopping Centre in Kilkenny.
Thanks to the thousands of people who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund and WorkCoverSA for their support.
View other stops around Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.