Beyond Blue’s big blue bus visited South Western Sydney in late January and early February 2015.
First stop was Picton, where the bus parked at the Wollondilly Shire Council on 29 January. NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell and Shire General Manager Luke Johnson came along to support the National Roadshow team and chat to people who visited the bus.
The following day hundreds of people stopped by the Macquarie Mall in Liverpool to pick up free information about mental health and staying well and to make their mental health pledge. The bus then moved across to Miller Central Shopping Centre for the afternoon.
On Saturday 31 January, the team attended the Fairfield Markets in Prairiewood. Hundreds of visitors to the markets took the opportunity to say hello and pick up some free Beyond Blue resources.
In Campbelltown on 1 February the bus and Beyond Blue team attended a community day at the Northside Macarthur Clinic. NRL player Darius Boyd shared his personal story of depression and recovery with the crowd, and families and children enjoyed the free barbecue, jumping castle and face painting on offer. Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson, Member for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle and NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell all attended to support their community.
The next day the bus headed west for Silverdale and Warragamba. First stop was Silverdale Shopping Central followed by Warragamba Town Hall.
The visit to the South Western Sydney Medicare Local region wrapped up at the Bankstown Wellness Festival on 3 February. Hundreds of people came along to pick up free health information from local health services and enjoy a free barbecue, jumping castle, face painting and zumba dancing. Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare stopped by the festival to say hello to the Beyond Blue team and chat with his constituents.
Thanks to all the wonderful services who provided support, as well as the communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops around Sydney and the rest of Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.