On Thursday, September 14th, 2023, staff from the AH&MRC (Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council) participated in the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Services’ Suicide Prevention and R U OK Day event, which took place on the service’s premises. The event was a resounding success, with several local organizations that offer mental health support services to the community also in attendance. Tharawal staff members were present and available for conversations with attendees.
Among the organiSations in attendance were:
- Safe Haven, Mcarthur
- Campbelltown Mission Australia
- Heal Your Way, Cox Inall Ridgeway
- Life Line
- Neami National
- WSLHD In-Patient Support Unit
The event was hosted by comedian Kevin Kropinyeri, who shared his personal stories of mental health challenges. He skillfully lightened the atmosphere with his comedy, effectively addressing a potentially sensitive subject and leaving everyone in high spirits and laughter.
The crowd was then treated to a captivating performance by the talented Miss Felicia Fox, an Aboriginal drag performer. To keep everyone content, lunch was provided by Ryan Gozleme, ensuring that everyone’s bellies were full and happy.