The Beyond Blue National Roadshow celebrated Mental Health Week 2014 (5-11 October) in the Wide Bay Medicare Local region.
The week kicked off in Bundaberg on Sunday 5 October with a free community festival bringing together many local services, fun activities and a free barbecue. More than 200 people headed along to Nielsen Park for the afternoon and were treated to live music from X-Factor star and Beyond Blue supporter Andrew Wishart.
While the big blue bus was still making its way south after undergoing repairs in Ingham, festival-goers were treated to a tasty cake replica of the bus thanks to Bridges Community Health!
The following day, the Beyond Blue mini van and Roadshow team travelled 200km west of Bundaberg to Monto. Over the lunch break the team joined the Driver Reviver crew to help provide a tea and coffee break to drivers navigating the busy public holiday traffic.
It was then on to Gayndah, a small country town that contacted Beyond Blue requesting the big blue bus make a visit following a number of youth suicides across the region.
The big blue bus, having travelled 1200km to make it, rolled into Gayndah on Tuesday 7 October. The team spent the day at Burnett State College, with each class receiving a presentation about depression, anxiety and how to help a friend from Beyond Blue’s Bron Collins, who also shared her own story of hope, recovery and resilience. The following day, the team spoke to teachers and students at Mundubbera State School.
On Thursday 9 October the bus arrived in Hervey Bay. Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman joined the Roadshow team and presented to staff and students at USQ Fraser Coast campus about the work of Beyond Blue and mental health in Australia. Following the presentation, the bus set up at the University’s annual Mental Health Week Expo to provide free Beyond Blue information materials.
That evening, the team travelled to Maryborough to host a free comedy night. Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri had the large audience in fits of laughter at Maryborough City Hall.
The visit to Wide Bay Medicare Local region culminated in a free community festival in Harvey Bay on 10 October to celebrate World Mental Health Day. More than 20 local service providers, stall holders and dozens of entertainers joined forces for the event at Seafront Oval, attracting more than 500 people across the day.
The big blue bus and National Roadshow team then headed into the Sunshine Coast Medicare Local region.
Thanks to the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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