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Mental Health Spotlight: No one should struggle alone

It’s estimated 45% of people in Australia will face a mental health condition in their lifetime — so let’s ensure that no one struggles alone.

By Tim Hoopmann

Talking about your mental health can feel challenging at times, especially among family, at work, or with friends. But these conversations have the potential to be truly lifesaving.

It’s estimated 45% of people in Australia will face a mental health condition in their lifetime — so let’s ensure that no one struggles alone.

Beyond Blue is encouraging people to share a meal with family, friends or work colleagues and check in on their mental health.

The initiative kicks off from 1 – 8 October, to coincide with the first week of Mental Health Month to raise valuable funds for the Beyond Blue Support Service.

 

Beyond Blue: Big Blue Table

Beyond Blue Lead Clinical Adviser Dr Grant Blashki says, “Talking to people is one of the most powerful tools we have to raise awareness and every conversation can make a difference.”

“Forty-five per cent of people in Australia have experienced mental health conditions in their lifetime. However, many don’t seek support and we need your help to make a change.”

By hosting a meal with your guests, you can create a safe space where we all feel comfortable talking about our mental health anywhere, anytime. Each conversation and meal can make all the difference.

 

How to get involved in the Big Blue Table

Whether it is a lunch at the office, hosting a picnic in the park with some friends or inviting family over for a barbecue dinner, each Big Blue Table can lead to important conversations.

Starting a conversation around mental health can be challenging, so hosts will be provided with conversation starters.

Hosting a Big Blue Table event is easy – register online, receive a free host kit, invite your guests, and fight the stigma in a relaxed environment, while raising much needed funds for the Beyond Blue Support Service. Alternatively find someone who is hosting a Big Blue Table and join them

To find out more about the initiative and register to host or join a Big Blue Table event visit bigbluetable.com.au

 

Tim Hoopmann is a speaker, mentor and coach, with a passion for growing small business through using technology to increase productivity and reduce costs. He is also a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, working to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

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