The big blue bus arrived in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local region in early March 2015.
First stop was the Young Veterans & Families Wellbeing Centre in Frankston on 4 March for a Men’s Health Night. Beyond Blue’s Nick Prendergast spoke to the group about mental health, taking action and the importance of looking out for one another.
The next day, the big blue bus brought the circus to Rosebud Secondary College. Hundreds of students were provided with free Youth Beyond Blue resources, before a circus skills trainer taught a healthy lesson in juggling, acrobatics and plate spinning.
On Friday 6 March, students at Western Port Secondary College enjoyed the circus experience before the National Roadshow team headed to the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association in Hastings for a free community barbecue.
Red Hill Community Market hosted the bus on 7 March, with hundreds of market-goers stopping by the bus to pick up free Beyond Blue information and to make a mental health pledge.
On Sunday, all eyes were on the sky for the Rosebud Kite Festival – Victoria’s premier kite flying event. Thousands of people enjoyed the free event on Rosebud’s foreshore, with many people stopping by the big blue bus to pick up a free Beyond Blue information showbag.
For Labour Day, the bus headed into Melbourne to mingle with the Moomba crowd at Federation Square. Parked on the River Terrace, the team spoke to hundreds of people, with many stopping to watch some fierce giant jenga challenges.
The visit wrapped up on Tuesday 10 March at Monterey Secondary College in Frankston North. The circus was back on board as students learned about mental health and staying well.
Thanks to all those who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome. Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops around Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.