The beyondblue National Roadshow will visit Cobar, Bourke, Brewarrina and Lightning Ridge in its big blue bus next week (26 – 30 August), promoting the importance of good mental health and looking after yourself.
beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman urged people to attend a Roadshow event, where they can chat to beyondblue staff in an informal environment, pick up free information about depression and anxiety, and find out about local support services.
“In any one year, around one million Australian adults have depression, and over two million have anxiety. Given that over half of all people who experience depression or anxiety don’t seek help, we need everyone to realise there is no shame in getting help and it's important to seek help early – the sooner people get treatment, the sooner they can recover,” she said.
Ms Harman said untreated depression is a major risk factor for suicide and in 2012, 2535 Australians took their lives.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 45 and women under 35, with at least six Australians taking their own lives every day.
“The rate of suicide in rural and remote areas is 1.6 times higher than in major cities. At particular risk are male farmers, young men and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Getting people in communities talking about mental health is an important first step in tackling anxiety, depression and suicide.”
For a list of locations the bus will attend download the PDF below.
After leaving Lightning Ridge, the bus will head to Queensland for 10 weeks before returning to NSW in February next year. The tour will wrap-up in Victoria in May 2015.