The big blue bus attended several events in the northern suburbs of Perth in May, 2014.
First stop was Barbagallo Raceway in Neerabup for the Perth 400 V8 Championships on May 17 and 18. Hundreds of V8 enthusiasts stopped by the bus in the merchandise park and picked up a Beyond Blue wristband to wear across the weekend of racing. (Watch a clip of Beyond Blue Deputy Chairman Tim Marney and Nissan V8 driver Michael Caruso at the track with the bus.)
On Sunday 25 May the Roadshow team met with Beyond Blue supporters at Sorrento Bowling Club in Duncraig. Members of Beyond Blue’s blueVoices reference group and online forums caught up for a free BBQ and social bowls session. Beyond Blue speaker Annabeth Bateman shared her experience of depression and recovery with the group.
On Tuesday 27 May the bus visited Mercy College in Koondoola and chatted to hundreds of students about the importance of good mental health and looking out for friends.
Perth North Medicare Local (PNML) hosted a luncheon at its Osborne Park office on Wednesday 28 May. Tim Marney, along with State Member for Balcatta Chris Hatton MLA and clinical psychologist Ian Davan spoke to dozens of health professionals about mental health in the workplace, managing stress and Beyond Blue’s new campaign Heads Up.
That afternoon, the bus attended the City of Wanneroo’s National Reconciliation Week family afternoon in Banksia Grove. The afternoon included traditional Aboriginal dance workshops, food sampling and art displays from local primary schools.
On Thursday 29 May the Roadshow team made a campus visit to Edith Cowan University in Joondalup. PNML and headspace staff helped cook up a free BBQ for students and information about wellbeing was provided ahead of the busy exam period.
A big crowd turned out for PNML and City of Stirling’s Reconciliation Walk on Scarborough’s foreshore on Friday 30 May. School groups and the community came together for a free barbecue and entertainment, including art activities and a children's animal farm.
That afternoon, the bus visited the Osborne Park office of Roadshow supporter Medibank Community Fund, who put on an afternoon tea for their staff and employees from surrounding businesses.
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.