A successful evening continued the conversation on mental health and wellbeing in Clare on Thursday 8th August. 2013.

Inspired by the Lets Get the Region Talking event organised by Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP, Worshipful Master of the Mid North Freemasons Lodge Worshipful Brother David Berrett , supported by his wife Nan, put together the follow up event.


Guest speakers were Balaklava resident Julie Ruiz who lost her husband to suicide last year, local GP Dr Phil Gribble, Geoff Brock MP, SA Country Carers chief executive officer Steve Lowe and Lower North Health Mental Health team leader Rob Wastell.


About 50 people attended the evening, some travelling from Adelaide, the Riverland, Balaklava and Jamestown.


“After hearing some of the conversations at the first forum and speaking to my Brethren at the Masonic Lodge I felt it was important to keep the lines of communication open about mental health,” Mr Berrett said.


“It is astonishing how many people suffer depression and other mental illnesses in silence and by speaking about this issue we offer an opportunity for people to support each other, as well as gaining knowledge of what services are available to help.”


There was plenty of literature to take home on the night, with information from Beyond Blue, a booklet for those bereaved by suicide, leaflets from the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia, SA Country Carers and Lifeline.


“I’m hoping that other communities will take up the challenge and have similar events,” Mr Berrett said.


For help and support call - Lifeline: 13 11 14; MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78; Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800; Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.



At the continuing conversation on mental health and wellbeing (from left) Master of the Mid North Freemasons Lodge David Berrett, Member for Frome MP Geoff Brock, Clare medical practitioner Dr Phil Gribble, Clare Community Mental Health Team Leader Rob Wastell, Balaklava resident Julie Ruiz, and CEO SA Country Carers Steve Lowe