The Beyond Blue National Roadshow spent the first week of February 2014 touring Tasmania.

After sailing a smaller Roadshow vehicle over on the Spirit of Tasmania on 3 February, Beyond Blue held a community barbecue and cricket clinic in Longford on 4 February. Former Tassie Tigers coach Tim Coyle and Dane Anderson pitched in to coach the kids, while Beyond Blue Board Director Fiona Coote and Ambassador Hayley Bester chatted to locals.

The following morning, 150 business leaders and managers turned out for a Beyond Blue workplace event in Launceston with WorkSafe Tasmania and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Beyond Blue Chairman The Hon Jeff Kennett urged those gathered for the luncheon to ‘Take 1 step’ for the mental health of their workplaces. (He returned in August 2014 to see how attendees are improving the wellbeing of their workforce.)   

The next day (6 February), the Roadshow headed down to Dunalley. Beyond Blue has previously worked in this small community following the 2013 bushfires – read about the Child and Adolescent Bushfire Disaster Response.

The Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House helped organise a great ‘Community Night Out’ with live music – including Triple J Unearthed artist Kelsey Hibberd – and face painting for the kids. More than one-quarter of the town turned out for the event, with many taking the opportunity to chat with Mr Kennett. 

On 7 February, more than 200 business leaders and managers attended a Beyond Blue workplace breakfast in Hobart. Mr Kennett addressed the large gathering, along with WorkSafe Tasmania and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Tasmanian leg of the Roadshow wrapped up on Saturday 8 February with a visit to Salamanca Market. Hundreds of market-goers stopped by the Roadshow to pick up free Beyond Blue information and have a chat.

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.

Tim Coyle coaches from behind the stumps at Longford. Photo courtesy of Corey Martin, The Examiner.

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