IF you’re driving past Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall or Tatura’s Stuart Mock Place this week don’t be concerned by the big blue bus, in fact be quite the opposite because it’s the beyondblue Big Blue Bus, here to help the community detour feelings of depression and anxiety.
As part of its 50,000km National Roadshow, the bus will also be visiting Yarrawonga, Numurkah and Violet Town, with free community morning and afternoon teas and barbeques available while the roadshow team provide information on mental health.
beyondblue CEO, Georgie Harman said the visits will provide a great opportunity for people in the region to find out more about depression and anxiety and available support.
“More than three million Australians are currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both – and more than half of all people with these conditions don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a major risk factor for suicide, which accounts for twice as many Australian deaths as traffic accidents, with 2522 people dying by suicide in 2013.
“We need everyone to realise there is no shame in asking for support and it’s important to seek help early. The fact is these conditions can affect anyone, even the toughest of people, and tackling depression and anxiety takes guts.
“If you can’t get along to one of our events, please look at the information on our website www.beyondblue.org.au If you need to talk to someone, you can contact the trained mental health professionals at our Support Service anytime on 1300 224 636. You can also chat online (3pm-12am) or email us at www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport.”
Locations and times of beyondblue’s Big Blue Bus roadshow:
Wednesday, May 13 from 8:30am to 11:30am at Belmore Street for a community chat ‘n’ check.
Wednesday, May 13 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Melville Street for a free community afternoon tea.
Thursday, May 14 from 9am to 11am at Stuart Mock Place on the corner of Frances and Hogan Streets for a free community morning tea.
Thursday, May 14 from 12pm to 4pm in the Maude Street Mall for a free community barbeque.
- Violet Town
Friday, May 15 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Violet Town Community Complex, Cowslip Street for a free community morning tea.