As part of our efforts to promote wellbeing in the community, the NSW Mental Health Commission hosted a Check-Up from the Neck-Up at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The initiative, developed by the Commission and based on a successful US program, invites participants to take time out for a five minute mental wellbeing assessment.
The two-day activity at the Sydney Royal Easter Show was targeted at regional and rural exhibitors and visitors, who often have few health resources in their home settings.
The Check-Up from the Neck-Up marquee 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 to the initiative 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 Check-Up from the Neck-Up wellbeing assessments were done using the Snapshot tool developed by the Black Dog Institute. Those interested in doing their own wellbeing check can download the Snapshot app: http://digitaldog.org.au/programs/blackdogsnapshot/