Beyond Blue's bus arrived in inner city Melbourne in April 2015, nearing the end of its 50,000km journey around Australia.
First stop was the Collingwood Children’s Farm in Abbotsford on Easter Monday. Hundreds of families visited the farm, with all the children enjoying the free jumping castle and having their faces painted at the bus. The Lions Club of Yarra also cooked up a free barbecue.
The next day, the team set up at the Melbourne Museum. The school holidays attracted a large crowd and many people stopped by the bus for a chat and to pick up free Beyond Blue resources.
On Wednesday 8 April, the bus visited North Richmond Community Health for a free community barbecue. The crew from headspace Collingwood came along to support the event, before joining the bus again that afternoon at the Riverslide Skate Park on the Yarra.
The following day, the team set up in Bourke Street Mall. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle came down to welcome the big blue bus, and the team spent the day chatting with shoppers and providing information about mental health and staying well.
The Community Grocer in Carlton was next on the itinerary on 10 April. Lots of people attending the affordable fresh food market came along to find out more about Beyond Blue's work and learn about the support available for anxiety and depression.
On Sunday, the bus attended the Tour of Duty 2015 fun run around the Royal Botanic Gardens. The run was to honour Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women, emergency service workers and first responders, and helped to raise money for Beyond Blue and Mates4Mates.
That afternoon, the bus set up at Bunnings Coburg. The many weekend renovators coming to get supplies were happy to stop for a chat with the Beyond Blue team.
In May, the Roadshow returned to the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local region.
On 23 May, the bus visited Fitzroy Gardens and the team hosted a meet-up at KereKere Green for members of Beyond Blue’s reference group – blueVoices. blueVoices is an online community for people who have personal experience of depression and anxiety, or support someone who does, and members share their perspectives with Beyond Blue to inform our work and ensure that people's experiences are reflected accurately in everything we do. The bus then headed over to the MCG for the annual AFL Beyond Blue Cup clash between the Hawks and Swans.
On 28 May, more than 600 people gathered at Melbourne's Town Hall to hear about the Heads Up initiative and the benefits of creating a mentally healthy workplace. Speakers included Beyond Blue Chairman the Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Group CEO and Managing Director of Lend Lease Steve McCann, CEO of Victorian Managed Insurance Authority Paul O’Connor, and Beyond Blue Head of Workplace Engagement Patrice O’Brien.
On Friday 29 May, the bus set up in Docklands. Staff from Medibank and Lend Lease – official partners of the National Roadshow – came down to see the team and farewell the bus, which finished its 15-month journey at Melbourne's Luna Park on 31 May.
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.