The big blue bus arrived in Melbourne in late July, 2014.
After attending the AFL Beyond Blue Cup and Run Melbourne, the National Roadshow visited the Macedon Ranges and north western suburbs of Melbourne.
First stop was Caroline Springs on 31 July. Staff at Caesia Gardens Retirement Village took part in a Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) training session before a social morning tea was held for dozens of village residents. That afternoon, the bus went down to Caroline Springs Square Shopping Centre. Many shoppers stopped by to chat with Beyond Blue staff and pick up free information resources to take home. After three hours, the visit was cut short after previously bright blue skies turned to black thunderclouds and rain!
On Friday 1 August the bus visited Cobaw Men’s Shed in Kyneton. Despite the freezing temperatures outside, ‘Shedders’ and members of the community were able to gather around the fireplace and enjoy a sausage in bread. The men were keen to find out more about depression, anxiety and staying well, as well as how to support people who might be going through tough times.
The next day the Roadshow set up at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong. The visit coincided with a free concert from contestants on The X Factor and many young people picked up free Beyond Blue wristbands ahead of the show.
The visit wrapped up with Sunday morning (3 August) with a trip to the Gisborne Markets. Nearly 100 people chatted with Beyond Blue staff, picked up free resources and made a mental health pledge (a written commitment or goal to achieve or maintain good mental health).
Thanks to the wonderful communities 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.