Check-Up from the Neck-Up visits Chatswood and the Easter Show
Following its successful inaugural event in Martin Place last year, the Commission has hosted two more Check-Up from the Neck-Up events in April to promote wellbeing in the community.
The initiative, developed by the Commission and based on a successful US program, invites participants to take time out for a mental wellbeing assessment.
The first Check-Up targeted the Chinese-speaking community and was part of a larger Mental Health Expo in Chatswood Mall, run by WayAhead in partnership with Willoughby City Council and the Australian Chinese Psychological Association.
Next, the Commission brought the Check-Up to where the city meets the country at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show. The two-day activity aimed to target regional and rural exhibitors with few health resources in their home settings and while country-dwellers flocked to the Check-Up marquee, mums, dads, seniors and other show-goers from all over NSW also joined in.
The event was staffed by mental health professionals from Sydney, South East Sydney, Western Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health Districts, along with Flourish Australia Peer Workers and Lifeline volunteers.
The response from show-goers was overwhelmingly positive. The Check-Up was attended by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wale, his wife Mrs Linda Hurley, The Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health , and The Hon. Scott Farlow MLC, Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Mental Health.
The screen used at the Check-Up events was a five-minute online Snapshot tool developed by the Black Dog Institute. Data from each of the events will be made available on the Commission’s website in the coming weeks.