One in 20 Australians are affected by depression each year and the World Health Organisation estimates that it will be the number one health concern by 2030.
In an effort to put the spotlight on this growing mental health issue, the third community health forum organised by Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong will focus on depression
Mr Chanthivong will host the forum on Wednesday, July 3 in partnership with Cheryl Paradella of Beautiful Minds, a sub-committee of One Door Mental Health.
He said the forum was an opportunity to hear from mental health professionals, help raise awareness and connect people with local services on this important public health issue.
The forum will feature Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler from Black Dog Institute and speakers from headspace Campbelltown and South Western Sydney Primary Health Network.
A range of local services providers will also be present at the forum.
Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, pictured below, is currently leading the Future Proofing Study, the largest, school based digital mental health prevention trial ever undertaken, targeting 20,000 school students.
“Depression can happen to anyone,’’ says Anoulack Chanthivong.
“My latest forum provides an opportunity to understand the signs and symptoms of depression, how they appear in different people and where to go to get help,” Mr Chanthivong said.
“I look forward to working with Beautiful Minds, the Black Dog Institute and other partners in delivering this important community information evening.
“This is my third community mental health forum and the overwhelming message we want to send is that mental health matters.
“The more conversations we have on mental health, the more barriers we can break down and provide much-needed support,” Mr Chanthivong added.
Beautiful Minds’ Cheryl Paradella said she was looking forward to another opportunity to raise awareness of mental health in the community.
“Forums such as this are essential to giving mental health the level of attention it deserves, while raising awareness of the support services available in our local community.
“Anoulack’s continued advocacy and support of mental health in our community is greatly appreciated,” Ms Paradella said.
The forum will be held at the Greg Percival Community Centre in Ingleburn from 6.30pm to 8.30pm (doors open for refreshments from 6pm). The event is free, however, bookings are essential. Register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 9618 2077 or visit letsbackanoulack.com.