The big blue bus visited Narre Warren, Berwick, Dandenong, Springvale and Pakenham in March, 2015.
The visit to the South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local region kicked off at Westfield Fountain Gate in Narre Warren on 13 March. Shoppers took the opportunity to visit the big blue bus and pick up free information about depression, anxiety and staying well.
That afternoon, the team headed to Berwick’s Akoonah Park to cheer on participants in the Casey Relay for Life. The 24-hour relay attracted thousands of people keen to honour those affected by cancer and to raise funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
On Sunday 15 March, the bus parked at the Dandenong Market. Hundreds of market-goers stopped by to find out more about mental health and Beyond Blue’s work.
The following morning, the team set up in Buckingham Avenue, Springvale, before heading across to Dandenong’s Civic Square for a free community barbecue. Hundreds of people came along to enjoy a free social barbecue and find out about the local support available.
The visit to south-east Melbourne wrapped up in Pakenham on Tuesday 17 March. The bus spent the morning at the Outlook Community Centre before attending a youth positive mental health forum at Beaconhills College.
Hundreds of people attended the forum organised by the Rotary Club of Pakenham in conjunction with Inner Wheel Pakenham, Cardinia Scouts and Australian Rotary Health. Speakers included child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, cyber safety expert Susan McLean, and Principal Research Fellow at Deakin University Associate Professor Felice Jacka.
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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