Talking mental health in Jamestown

Former North Melbourne premiership player and now passionate advocate for mental health awareness Wayne Schwass will be keynote speaker at a launch event conducted by the Mid North Suicide Prevention Network in Jamestown on Friday 12th October.

After 282 AFL games with North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, Schwass has established himself as a highly respected AFL media commentator on TV, radio, print and online, but being one of the first AFL players to speak openly about his experience with depression, it is this passion which has driven him to establish organisations such as the Sunrise Foundation and more recently Puku Up which is a social enterprise focussing on mental health, emotional well being and importantly, suicide prevention.

Wayne has delivered powerful and honest keynote speeches at countless mental health seminars and workshops where his message never fails to resonate with audiences.

In addition to Wayne Schwass the evening will include talks by other speakers sharing their experiences on mental health and well- being.

Mid North SPN Chairman Andrew Stacey says he is delighted to be able to bring such a high calibre and quality speaker to this free event and encourages as many as possible from the Mid North region to attend. Andrew said, “I’d be surprised if most people had not been affected in some way through family or friends by someone experiencing mental health difficulties”.

The Mid North group have spent the past twelve months carefully establishing the now incorporated organisation and have been successful in obtaining a government grant to facilitate this free community event. Andrew said this has been a slow and lengthy process but is now confident we have a good structure for the group to move forward.

“We are very thankful for the support and contribution provided by SA Health in helping us to form this group,” Andrew said.

The primary aim of the new organisation is to be an informative and educational Suicide Prevention Network that is respectful and compassionate in listening to and supporting the needs of our community to help prevent, respond to and recover from suicide. Andrew said, “we need to de-stigmatise talking about suicide and mental health issues and help educate people to understand the importance of how to support your friends and relatives and the critical need to identify signs and implement early intervention”.

All locals are encouraged to spread the word of this event as widely as possible, to hear these powerful presentations and experiences and help us in breaking down the barriers to suicide prevention and mental health issues.

DETAILS

WHEN: Friday, October 12, 7pm for 7.30pm start

WHERE: Jamestown Town Hall

Light supper will be provided, drinks will be available for purchase. Event is free, but donations will be welcomed.