Sunday, July 14, 2024

Stay With Us, Eat Well, Laugh a Lot Outstanding Success 

Over 100 people attended this Mid North Suicide Prevention event on Friday June 21st at Maple & Pine, Bundaleer. In addition to local guests, we had people from Adelaide, Clare, Port Pirie, Peterborough, Booleroo Centre and Wirrabara. We thank Preventative Health SA and Neoen Energy for their generous financial support.

Stuart O’Neill was the first speaker. After travelling 1600kms from northern NSW, Stuart captured the room with his honesty and the reality of his battle with depression and then revealed the process he undertook to overcome his severe depression. Ultimately, this led to Stuart creating and authoring a pocket sized book called, Just One Reason, with each attendee receiving a copy of this book on the evening. For anyone who may have missed out, we have more books on the way, please contact us via our Facebook page and we’ll ensure you receive one.

Our second speaker was local gastroenterologist, Dr. Alice Bennett. Alice’s presentation was both concise and engaging on the significant relationship between gut health and mental health making it understandable and relatable to everyone. Alice found a way to deliver a very valuable message without becoming too detailed with technical language and providing some amusing anecdotes about gut health and her own family.

Our final speaker was comedian The Beautiful Bogan, Marc Ryan. Marc had the crowd in absolute stitches as he meandered in and out of hilarious comedy to revealing his horrible life experiences which resulted in him living with PTSD and a daily battle with mental health challenges. It was a perfect combination and story of tragedy and laughter. We are so grateful and pleased we secured the skills of three amazing and unique speakers.

The MNSPN would like to express their sincere thanks to all who attended and the many people who provided food and other in-kind support, making the event such a great night. A special thank you to Billie and Ashton Thomas for their amazing work in the kitchen and to all of our SPN committee members for their work in organising the event.

Our committee has been overwhelmed with positive feedback which motivates us to continue to find ways of meaningful mental health messaging and removing the stigma around mental health conversations. 

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