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Mental Health and Wellness Evening

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by Sue Stevenson (subscribe)
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A talk from those who understand, and one who's been there
A couple of years ago, Bruce Austin's body broke down. It would have been easier if it had been the heart attack the doctors first presumed it was. But the breakdown began with a catatonic episode that saw Bruce hospitalised in the psych unit. On the way towards recovery from clinical depression, Bruce lost his job and his house.

As part of his recovery Bruce saw a psychologist and incorporated regular exercise into his life. He joined his wife's gym at the local Casey Aquatic & Recreation Centre and it was there that he discovered a love for exercise. Now, three years later, he also volunteers at the Centre, leading an all-abilities walking group, and is now studying for a career in the industry.

Last year Casey ARC hosted a mental health and wellness evening where Bruce told his story. This year it's happening again. Bruce will be joined by Dr Monica O'Kelly, who is Director of CBT Australia and a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at Monash University. Also speaking will be a representative from Beyond Blue.

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If you or someone you know are feeling you are heading towards a breakdown, or in the middle of an emotional storm, or in the process of recovery or just wishing to know how to prevent a mental illness from occurring, these issues will be discussed in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Although mental illness is common - at any given time, 20% of Australians are suffering - and although much more is being done to help, it is still something that has a stigma attached to it. Part of Bruce's motivation to talk about his story is to contribute towards ending the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

"The evening is very much an information session in a relaxed environment," says Chris Hargreaves, Centre Manager at Casey ARC. "It came about because we recognised that with the increases in mental health illnesses in our communities, we felt that people that may have the illness or know someone that does may not have the tools to recognise the signs, or know what to do if they did."

"We provided the opportunity for people to ask questions either in front of the group, or afterwards with a cup of tea and a biscuit in a more one on one atmosphere with the experts that were invited to attend."

The talk will be held on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at the Casey ARC creche. If you wish to come along, please follow this link to register.

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Why? Mental illness is scary and learning about it helps
When: Thursday, 21 November 2013 @ 7pm
Phone: 03) 9705 5000
Where: Casey ARC Creche, Cnr Princes Hwy and Overland Dve, Narre Warren, Vic 3805
Cost: Free
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