The big blue bus rolled into Brisbane at the start of November, 2014.
First stop was the Gardens Point campus of QUT on Wednesday 5 November. Many students took the opportunity (some of them on their way to and from exams) to drop by and pick up free Beyond Blue information about staying well, find out about the university on-campus support services available, and have a chat about life in general.
The following day the team attended the opening of the Young Minds Health Clinic in Redcliffe. The clinic is providing a Brisbane North Medicare Local program – Brisbane MIND4KiDS – which offers free brief psychological intervention to children (up to 11 years of age) and their families. Federal Member for Petrie, Mr Luke Howarth MP and State Member for Redcliffe Yvette D'Ath helped to officially open the new clinic.
On Friday 7 November almost 200 business leaders and managers attended the Mercure Brisbane for a free breakfast presentation about workplace mental health. Presenters included Beyond Blue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, CCIQ General Manager Advocacy Nick Behrens and WorkCover Queensland Industry Manager Laurent Cazier. Attendees heard about the benefits of creating mentally healthy workplaces and the Beyond Blue and Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance’s HeadsUp campaign.
Following the breakfast, the bus headed to Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside for a free sausage sizzle attended by hundreds of staff, patients and visitors.
On Saturday, dozens of Brisbane members of Beyond Blue’s reference group – blueVoices – came together for a special picnic lunch at New Farm Park Rotunda. The gathering was, for many, the first opportunity to meet face-to-face. 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. Beyond Blue Speaker Paul Grainger attended to share with the group his experience of hope, recovery and resilience following depression.
On Monday 10 November the team visited the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre in Lawnton. Members of the community took the opportunity to come down and find out more about Beyond Blue services and what supports are available locally. That afternoon the bus headed for Brookside Shopping Centre where the team chatted to shoppers about the importance of looking after their mental health.
On 11 November the team had the privilege of attending the Remembrance Day Service at Kedron-Wavell Services Club in Chermside.
The bus then moved into the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local region.
Thanks to the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome and all those who supported our visit! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops and gallery of National Roadshow highlights.