Mental health awareness organisation Beyondblue will wrap up its Big Blue Bus tour, when the iconic vehicle completes its 40,000-kilometre, six-week trip around Sydney.
Liverpool Champion reported that the bus stopped at Macquarie Mall and at Fairfield showground last month to promote mental health and eradicate negative stigma associated with depression and anxiety.
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett will join the bus at its final Sydney event on Friday to talk about the importance of creating mentally healthy workplaces.
“We’ve had a terrific response from Sydney residents, with thousands of people coming to see the bus and chat to our team at events as large as Mardi Gras and City2Surf, to smaller events at local markets and shopping centres, beaches, schools and senior citizens centres,” he said.
“I look forward to joining the roadshow in Sydney to talk to business leaders about ‘Taking 1 Step’ for better mental health and what they can do to improve the wellbeing of their staff and the flow-on benefits of doing so.”
Beyondblue said research has shown that ignoring mental health in the workplace costs the Australian economy $10.9 billion a year through decreased productivity and compensation claims.
And for every dollar spent on effective strategies to improve workplace mental health a business reaps an average return of $2.30.
Beyondblue chief executive Georgie Harman urged people to attend one of the remaining roadshow events to chat to Beyondblue staff, pick up free information about depression and anxiety and learn about support available to them.
“More than three million Australians — that’s one in six — are currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both,” he said. “Given over half of all people with these conditions don’t seek help we need everyone to realise there’s no shame in getting help and it’s important to seek help early.”
Details: beyondblue.org.au or mental-health professionals, 1300 224 636.