Article submitted by Colin Byron - Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong
The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong held their free community “Mental Health Forum” on Wednesday 21st August, in the theatre at Dandenong High School.  It proved to be a great success.
The Forum was informative and inspiring with 3 outstanding speakers and Viv Armstrong (District Rotary Heath Chair) doing a fantastic job as MC.
Great feedback  was received from the audience of 120+ during the tea, coffee and refreshments held after the event. Many spoke of the positive practical strategies given by the speakers in dealing with youth Mental Health.
The speakers included Christina Molina from Headspace, Sara Villiers from the Metanoia Movement and key note speaker Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Greg de Moore, from Westmead Hospital Sydney.  Greg also donated 100% of the sale of his 2 books to Rotary Health.
The Club is now planning to run monthly peer support coffee mornings for parents, families and friends affected by youth Mental Health. Headspace Dandenong is co-branding this initiative with Rotary and has offered meeting rooms and resources in their Dandenong facility.