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Topic: Beyondblue forum meetup event in Perth

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  1. Chris B
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    9 May 2014
    The beyondblue National Roadshow is coming to Perth and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our valued blueVoices members and online forum members face-to-face.

    Come along to this casual afternoon, join in and have a go at playing lawn bowls.

    It will also be an opportunity meet people from your local community, chat with beyondblue staff, find out about local mental health services and listen to a special presentation from beyondblue youth speaker, Annabeth Bateman.

    Date: Sunday 25 May
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location: Sorrento Bowling Club
    Percy Doyle Reserve, 40 Warwick Road
    Duncraig, WA 6023

    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    Family and friends welcome!

    Please let us know if you’re coming by sending us an email to bb@beyondblue.org.au with numbers.

    If you have a special talent, and you’d  like to contribute to or participate in the activities on the day, we’re open to all ideas and happy to discuss.

    The Roadshow team look forward to meeting you on the day!
  2. Chris B
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    19 May 2014 in reply to Chris B
    There's a few days left to RSVP for this event - numbers so far have been quite slow unfortunately.  Please let us know by Wednesday if you're able to make it by dropping us a note to bb@beyondblue.org.au
  3. Girl_Anachronism
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    19 May 2014 in reply to Chris B

    I am coming and have already rsvped. 

  4. Girl_Anachronism
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    26 May 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    Thankyou for both the organisers of this event and those who came along.  It was good transcend the internet barrier and prove that I am a real person. 

    GA

  5. Stitch
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    27 May 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    Hi GA,

    Sounds like you enjoyed the Perth forum meetup.

    I'd like to go to the Melbourne meetup when ever that is.  Can you tell me what it was like?  What sort of activities were there?  Any public speaking/forums?  Was there food?

    I'd also really like to know what you got out of it.

    Cheers

    Stitch

  6. Girl_Anachronism
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    27 May 2014 in reply to Stitch

    Hi Stitch, 

    Great to hear that you are thinking about going to the meetup in Melbourne. 

    There was free food and soft drink. There was also valuable information from the local mental health services. We had a speaker at ours, describing her experiences of depression who was very welcoming and honest about how depression had affected her. We even had a question session in which we could both ask questions and share some stories from our own past. 

    Informally afterward, it was great to have conversation outside where you could openly discuss your relatively mental illnesses and experiences without the usual reactions. Instead we knew we were either sufferers or carers of people with mental illness so we on some level KNEW what it was like to not be able to get out of a doona everyday.

    So I guess it could be best summed up as an extension of these forums- as a place where you could gather and talk openly about what we had been through. You were there in the flesh, with people as opposed to behind a keyboard. I knkw that can be scary for any internet meet up, but it is worth it. 

    They also had this awesome pop up bus money bank which know sits on my bookshelves proudly. I got far to excited about having that bus. But I don't care I have a bus now. 

    GA

  7. Chris B
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    28 May 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    Hi GA,

    So glad you got along and had a good time, and thanks for the good review. :)

  8. Stitch
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    28 May 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    I GET A FREE POP-UP BUS MONEY BOX?????

    Count me in. 

    Stitch

  9. Girl_Anachronism
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    28 May 2014 in reply to Stitch

    Finally someone who sees it my way. 

    GA

  10. Neil_1
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    1 June 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    You can put MONEY in that thing??   Maybe I didn't make mine right?  :(  :(

    However, it does sit pride of place on my shelf at work.  I honestly don't think a coin would even fit in mine - so I think they've upgraded (in more ways than one) since the Canberra leg.

    GA, I'm so pleased for the occasion that you got to experience.  The one I went to, while I was only there for a short while, as I was in a terrible place at the time, and so meeting with people was very difficult for me then - but there was the bus, pamphlets and the like, a sausage sizzle and that was it.

    To have had a speaker and then a Q&A kind of thing afterward;  THAT would have been brilliant.

    ps:  I must say welcome to little Elsa, but as I write this, I'm very VERY nervous, as Elsa is looking downward - and it appears that her eyes are fixed on Nuggzy!  I'm worried.

  11. Girl_Anachronism
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    5 June 2014 in reply to Neil_1

    Hi Neil, 

    There is a slot thingy at the top. I don't have money to put into mine, but it sits in pride of place on the bookshelf none the less. 

    Nuggsy shouldn't have to worry,  Elsa is still in the adorable but uncoordinated kitten stage. Its pure hilarity watching her attempt jumps that just don't work out, or watching her roll around on the floor after a toy mouse. 

    GA

  12. Avalon1
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    10 June 2014 in reply to Chris B

    Hi

    I'd have liked to attend but it's too far away.  Maybe you could pick a more central location  nearer Perth, some time in the future?  Hope it's a great event.

  13. Chris B
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    • Works for beyondblue managing these forums. Not a mental health professional, but here to help. Email: christopher.banks@beyondblue.org.au
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    11 June 2014 in reply to Avalon1

    Hi Avalon,

    Thanks for the feedback, I'll pass it on to our organisers. You may wish to join up with our blueVoices group so you can get more regular updates on potential future events.

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