• BLPCP Team

Play encourages men to seize the day

On October 10, our Mental A to Z Network and the Bendigo Mental Health Week Committee joined forces to host the cast of Carpe Diem for an uplifting look at men’s mental health and the importance of mateship as part of the city’s annual Mental Health Week activities.

Stressing the role of friendship and professional care during times of crisis, the comedy by playwright Megan Rigoni follows two men played by comedian John Walker and actor Chris Pidd, on their mental health journey during a long-running drought.

A spokesperson for Bendigo’s Mental Health Week Committee, Peter Nelson, said nearly half of Aussies will encounter mental illness during their lives, which means many of us have a friend or family member who’ve lived that experience.

“For many of us it’s hard to know how to support our loved ones and finding the right advice can be tricky if you don’t know where to start,” said Mr Nelson.

“With Carpe Diem we wanted to encourage people, especially men, to talk to their mates, ask if they’re OK and if there are concerns, assist them to seek help.

“Services are available locally; with the right help and a good support network, people can recover to lead healthy, productive and satisfying lives."

This production of Carpe Diem was proudly supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, Bobcat of Bendigo, the McKern Foundation and the Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership.

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