Bus rolls in to help

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Bus rolls in to help

DEPRESSION and anxiety were targeted by health care professionals in Leongatha and Wonthaggi on Monday (March 2).

Representatives from beyondblue set up their bus in the Safeway car parks of both towns and provided helpful information about the common mental health issues.

They were supported by other health care representatives from Gippsland Medicare Local, Suicide Prevention Service from Latrobe Regional Hospital, Relationships Australia, counsellors from Bass Coast Health and Uniting Care.

“It was a great opportunity to bring together the local support and raise awareness for depression and anxiety,” beyondblue national road show communications manager Kimberley Nichols said.

“It is important for people to seek help early.”

Ms Nichols said she was happy with the response in Leongatha and Wonthaggi and encouraged people to speak up when they are not feeling themselves.

“Be aware of the signs and don’t be afraid to talk to your GP,” Ms Nichols said.

“They can set you on the right path.”

Common signs of depression anxiety are tiredness, loss of appetite, mood swings and withdrawal, but these can vary.

Beyondblue received plenty of positive feedback from locals.

“We got a lot of thanks. Things like depression and anxiety touch everyone and a lot of people stopped and asked for advice,” Ms Nichols said.

She recommended those who need someone to speak to contact the beyondblue 24 hour confidential hotline on 1300 224 636.

Happy to help: from left, Kimberley Nichols from beyondblue, Rosemary Heide and Maggie Spinks from South Gippsland Mental Illnesses Carers Group, Lucy Beardall from beyondblue, Liz Craig from Gippsland Medicare Local, Bianca Pezzutto from Relationships Australia and Owen Connolly and Mannie Busuttil from Suicide Prevention Service were looking after the mental wellbeing of the Leongatha and Wonthaggi communities yesterday (Monday).

Happy to help: from left, Kimberley Nichols from beyondblue, Rosemary Heide and Maggie Spinks from South Gippsland Mental Illnesses Carers Group, Lucy Beardall from beyondblue, Liz Craig from Gippsland Medicare Local, Bianca Pezzutto from Relationships Australia and Owen Connolly and Mannie Busuttil from Suicide Prevention Service were looking after the mental wellbeing of the Leongatha and Wonthaggi communities yesterday (Monday).

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