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South Western Melbourne Medicare Local (SWMML) joined Wyndham local’s Chris McMinn and Luke Wenlock on June 21, to talk mental health and break down the stigma around mental illness.
The event was organised and run by the pair, and successfully brought together more than 90 local community members and provided them with a chance to get to know their local mental health professionals, general practitioners and local government representatives as well as hearing from those with lived experience.
“We are amazed and humbled by every aspect of the night from the amazing guest speakers to the unbelievably attentive audience. We have received incredibly positive feedback which has only made us more determined to continue this kind of work moving forward,” said McMinn.
“Encouragingly, I have personally had seven people contact me in the last two days to let me know they want to help us with this work.”
McMinn and Wenlock started the event after personally being affected by two suicides in the local community, last year.
“We noticed that people within our local community appear to be under a lot of pressure - be it financial, emotional or personal- and unsure how to deal with these pressures and where to seek help. This led us to think it might be a good idea for us to create an event where we could provide them with the contact details of the services and people in the community they can speak to,” said McMinn.
Speakers on the night included Clinical Psychologist, Peter Abraham, local GP, Dr Joe Garra and Mayor of Wyndham, Cr Bob Fairclough.