The big blue bus visited Melbourne’s south western suburbs in April 2015.
First stop was the Glen Orden Sports Club in Werribee on 11 April for the Western Region Football League (WRFL) Blue Match between the Glen Orden Hawks and Sunshine Heights Dragons. Former AFL player, Triple M commentator and founder of The Sunrise Foundation, Wayne Schwass was on hand to talk tips about beating depression and tackling the blues. Following the main game – taken out by the Glen Orden Hawks – Beyond Blue speaker Graeme Holdsworth shared his story of recovery at the after-match function.
On Monday 13 April the National Roadshow team hosted a free community breakfast in Williamstown on Pasco Street. Plenty of people dropped by to pick up free Beyond Blue information and enjoy a cooked breakfast thanks to the Lions Club of Williamstown.
That afternoon, the bus set up at the Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. While children were entertained by the balloon artist, parents were able to chat to Beyond Blue staff and local services about the support available for depression and anxiety.
The following day, the bus attended the Altona Beach Market to provide free information about mental health and staying well to market-goers.
The bus visited Werribee again on 15 April for a mini health expo in Kelly Park. More than 200 people came along to enjoy live music and games and chat to local services including South Western Melbourne Medicare Local, headspace Werribee, ADEC (Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities), Neami National, cohealth, TreeHaus Williamston, and Wyndham Community and Education Centre.
The visit to Melbourne’s south-west wrapped up with a stop at Manor Lakes Central Shopping Centre in Wyndham Vale on 16 April. Lots of shoppers dropped by the bus to collect free info and make their mental health pledge.
Thanks to all those 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.