LOVED & WORTHWHILE - COMMUNITY EVENT
"An evening of hope, healing and recovery"
Welcome to "Loved & Worthwhile" a FREE to attend community event held in regional communities across Australia, hosted by Mindfull Australia to start meaningful conversations around mind, behavioural and emotional wellness.
An event where anyone is welcome to attend!
Providing a relaxed environment where people experiencing any mind health and behavioural challenges or supporting loved ones can come together to talk, support, listen and find resources and information to help support them on their journey.
Each Mindfull Aus "Loved & Worthwhile" community event will host a variety of speakers including trained professionals and also feature local specific mental health services to share their knowledge and expertise and make communities more aware of the support around them and where they can turn. Loved & Worthwhile is an event that's purpose is to encourage communities to build the confidence to start bringing comfort to the conversation around a topic that for far too long has been tip toe'd around and sugar coated. Our events enable communities to recognise the value we all can be to each other when we are united with a greater understanding for wellbeing and resilience.
Let's encourage our communities to put wellness back in their own hands, enabling them to find their true value, self worth, purpose and belonging, so that they not only get by and cope but live and lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives, the lives we each deserve.
You are "Loved & Worthwhile"
Information, Helplines, services Takeaway resources, giveaways & on hand support from various professional services and community groups in attendance.
Sunday 18TH August 2019
FREE EVENT ! (Please Register to give us an idea of numbers & secure your seat) Proudly supported and sponsored by Bunyip & District Community Bendigo Bank Brach.
Gumbuya World - Function Centre
12:30pm doors open for a 1pm Start. Event formalities will be done within 3 Hours. With opportunity for breaks, Q&A with Panelled Speakers and opportunity to collect resources, seek out appropriate help and support or connect with other community members.
An all access community event. Covering all topics relatable to Mental Health & Wellness, Suicide, Fire recovery and the fundamentals to living a healthy, happy & fulfilling life.
With Guest Speakers from various walks of life. (Female Speaker(s) TBA)
Matt Runnalls (Mindfull Aus) - Over the past six years, Matt Runnalls has worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate to create awareness, acceptance, and education. Having lived with a mental illness, surviving suicide attempts, and losing several friends to suicide, Matt utilizes his knowledge of lived experience to encourage others to feel comfortable to speak up and manage their well-being just as he continues to do.
Since devoting himself to advocacy full-time, Matt has delivered over 200 speeches & keynotes, workshops, and events across Australia, Canada, and America. His story and journey have been featured in books, documentaries, songs, podcasts, films and throughout most big Australian media outlets. Most recently, Matt’s work was recognized as he was awarded an Australia Day Medallion in January 2018.
Matt’s passion and drive is propelled by the loss of seven close friends to suicide. “I just want to teach people what I wish I would have known growing up. I know if I would have been this knowledgeable not only about mental health & suicide prevention, but about equipping myself with strategies and disciplines for well-being, I could have potentially still been able to share laughs and memories with those mates I’ve lost. I know personally that my life would have been a lot different, and now I have the opportunity to ensure that the next generation doesn’t walk in the unknown like I did.”
His rediscovery of the hope visible in others’ kindness enabled Matt to find strength within himself, which has thus enabled him to find his passion and purpose and pursue them wholeheartedly at the age of 27.
Matt is committed to using his voice and experiences as a platform to instill acceptance, purpose, and hope.
Jaymee Wolff(Mindfull Aus) -
Having battled with chronic mental illness since late childhood, Jaymee had always struggled with the want to speak up, but the shame and stigma that came attached to having these illnesses. In the year following her near fatal suicide attempt, Jaymee had, had enough of the stigma, and gained enough courage to speak out about her mental illnesses in hope to reduce the stigma attached, and show that even straight A, ‘happy’ kids could go through this mental pain and anguish. Since deciding to speak out, Jaymee has become an advocate in the mental health space, striving to create awareness and show that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, even if you seem to ‘have it all.’
Jaymee’s dedication to speaking out and speaking up has brought her path across the Mindfull Aus Foundation and is now a passionate mental health advocate for them. ‘I want to be able to show people that mental illness doesn’t discriminate. That just because people may think you are happy and you have a supportive family and great opportunities doesn’t mean you can’t have a mental illness. And if you experience these struggles, it doesn’t mean you are ungrateful or a bad person. I’m striving for mental health and wellness to be taught in schools as early as possible to show kids that they can speak up if they are going through these challenging situations.
The support of Matt and the Mindfull Aus team has encouraged Jaymee to continue her efforts in the mental health advocacy space. She believes that one life lost to suicide is a life too many, and that she can do something about it, which is the most important part for her. She is wholeheartedly committed to the cause, striving to make others feel comfortable enough to admit they are not okay to someone.
Michael Donehue (ADES Australia) - MC FOR THE EVENT
Growing up in Benalla, a small country town in North East Victoria, Michael knows the importance of talking about serious issues like mental health and suicide prevention. At the age of 20, Michael was diagnosed with depression, suffered from alcohol abuse and was your typical ‘I can do it on my own’ type of guy. His journey has seen him speak to groups across Australia and New Zealand and he is extremely passionate about making a difference to the lives of others. He currently works in the alcohol, drug and wellbeing space to educate various community groups on the issues we face today
Karen Philippzig (Compassionate Friends Victoria) -
Karen has a Bachelor of Communications, specialising in public relations and events. After 10 years managing large scale campaigns such as the Australian Open, the Ovarian Cancer Silver Ribbon Appeal and the AFL Premiership Season, Karen branched out on her own to focus on community education events.
In addition to this, Karen has volunteered with The Compassionate Friends Victoria since 2003, completed the Lifeline accredited support group leader training, facilitating the Canterbury evening support group since 2010 and was on the Board for two and a half years.
After two years successfully working with a range of organisations, Karen joins the Leadership team to add her wealth of experience to The Compassionate Friends Victoria.
Karen is known as the social butterfly and loves to share a hug with everyone who walks in the door. Karen lost her daughter Brianna to illness (age 3) and is the proud mother of her son, Riley.
Denise Lacey (Catholic Care) -
Since 1935, we have offered hope and support to the vulnerable and marginalised, responding to the changing needs of the community with a commitment to addressing social disadvantage.
Relationships are at the heart of why we exist. We help people to build positive relationships, and repair connections when needed. We are not just a program, or even a series of programs - we're a safety net and a capacity builder. We aim to prevent relationship breakdowns, or help people get back on track when these issues occur.
We provide family and relationship services, relationship courses, pastoral services, refugee and asylum seeker support, and school and education support. All services are offered to the whole community, regardless of religious belief or background.
With over 350 staff and volunteers in 13 CatholicCare offices, our geographical reach covers all of Greater Melbourne and Geelong, extends west to Melton, north to Castlemaine and includes all of Gippsland. Some of our programs operate state-wide.
Help us, help those who are struggling, get back on the path to wellness.
"be the change you wish to see in the world"
Gumbuya World| 2705 Princess Highway| Tynong VIC 3813 | Australia
Sunday 18th August from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (AEDT)