The big blue bus visited Melbourne’s northern suburbs in the week leading up to Easter, 2015.
First stop was the Mernda Community Fair on Sunday 29 March. Bright blue skies enticed hundreds of people out to enjoy the annual event, with loads of entertainment and activities for all ages. Many people stopped by to pick up a free Beyond Blue information showbag and find out about the local services available for mental health.
The following day, the team set up at Craigieburn Central and spent the morning chatting to shoppers before heading to Westfield Plenty Valley, in Mill Park, for the afternoon. A face painter occupied the young ones while parents were given the chance to chat with the team and find out about support for anxiety and depression.
On 31 March, the bus headed along to RMIT’s Bundoora campus to chat to students and staff about mental health and staying well.
Preston Market hosted the bus on Wednesday 1 April. The Easter bunny stopped by and Beyond Blue balloons were popular with the many children enjoying their school holidays.
Following the market stop, the team headed to Hurstbridge Community Hub for a free community afternoon tea cooked up by the lovely ladies from the local CWA.
On 2 April, people picking up supplies at Bunnings Broadmeadows before the extra-long weekend of DIY took the opportunity to stop by the bus and take home some of Beyond Blue’s free information resources too.
The bus returned to the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local region in May, visiting the Whittlesea Monday Market on 25 May. On 28 May, the team hosted a morning tea for workers at the Ford factory in Broadmeadows.
Thanks to all those who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome. Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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