60 local blokes attended Are Your Right, Mate? – 80% of them saying a highlight was the opportunity to catch up with friends, neighbours and relatives they hadn’t seen in at least a month.
Guest speakers, sheepdog breeder/trials judge Andrew Stanczak (from left), suicide prevention campaigner John ‘Patto’ Patterson and SWH Camperdown Mental Health Services team leader Les Miller provided well-received information on their areas of expertise.
Organised by SWH Camperdown & Lismore Community Health, the free event was the result of a wonderful collaboration with Lismore & District Lions Club, Worksafe Victoria, SWH Lismore Community Health Women’s Auxiliary, and Lismore & Derrinallum Football Netball Club. It’s proudly sponsored by the Royal Flying Doctors Service’s Look over the farm gate initiative.
SWH Camperdown & Lismore Community Health health promotion officer Alexandra Bell says the evening’s aim was to promote the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing through social connection. Research from the World Health Organisation and VicHealth demonstrates the strong link between social connection and mental health.
‘We successfully delivered a community event for men with a focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Those who attended found the night really enjoyable and valuable, and said the messages around mental health and wellbeing were easy to understand. More than 60% said they felt either extremely or very confident in knowing where to refer a mate or family member in need.’
General feedback from the night indicated the community would like to see this type of event continue.
photo 1 > Are You Right, Mate? provided the perfect chance for mates to catch up –most of whom hadn’t laid eyes on each other for more than a month.
photo 2 > Guest speakers (from left): sheepdog breeder and trials judge Andrew Stanczak, suicide prevention campaigner John ‘Patto’ Patterson and SWH Camperdown Mental Health Services team leader Les Miller.
photo 3 > Andrew Stanczak shared his sheepdog expertise.
photo 4 > After listening to SWH Camperdown Mental Health Services team leader Les Miller talk about local services and how to access them, more than 60% of the men there said they felt either extremely or very confident in knowing where to refer a mate or family member in need.
photo 5 > Social connection plays a vital part in good mental health says the World Health Organisation and VicHealth.
photo 6 > Are Your Right, Mate? brought together men of all ages.