RIVERINA BLUEBELL will stage a Let’s Talk event in Deniliquin on August 21.
Run in conjunction with the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group it will be a panel discussion for parents and teenagers.
The keynote speaker at this important community evening will be Nic Newling, an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories.
Having lived through the experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school, and losing his brother to suicide, he has since dedicated himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.
After moving from his hometown of Sydney, he is now based in New York where he joined The Champions to help further the mission of empowering people through sharing around the world.
Mr Newling said he was proud to be involved in suicide prevention initiatives as a community ambassador for R U OK? and also as an ambassador for Australia Day and for the Australian Mental Health Prize.
He has reached millions of people through television, live talks, radio, print, online, documentaries, and eHealth programs and has spoken at industry events nationally and internationally, such as the International Association of Suicide Prevention conference in Montreal, training events for AstraZeneca, the Mental Health in Schools conferences in Sydney and Melbourne, the school counsellors and psychologists conferences, at university lectures for medical and nursing students, and for corporations across Australia and America.
The Deniliquin event will be held at the Deniliquin Golf Club at 7pm.
■Further details are available from Lourene Liebenberg, Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group, on 0428 281 060 or Jan Gray, bluebell, on 0418 841 196.