Mental health in spotlight in Angaston

COLLABORATION: Local businessman Sam Hayes, Angaston A-team member Bill Gransbury and Local Drug Action Team's Simon Taylor. Photo: Stuart Taverner
COLLABORATION: Local businessman Sam Hayes, Angaston A-team member Bill Gransbury and Local Drug Action Team's Simon Taylor. Photo: Stuart Taverner

Angaston is on a mission to 'save our mates'.

A collaborative effort by the Angaston A Team, Angaston Football Club and Angaston Netball Club will bring positive positive mental health discussions to the forefront next week.

The wellbeing evening, titled 'Save Our Mates', will be held on October 23 at the Angaston Football Club.

Angaston A Team member and former Angaston GP Doctor Bill Gransbury said they're hoping to give people more tools and help on how, if they're getting in a dark place, what they might be able to do about it.

The evening will cover a range of topics including awareness, prevention, intervention and identifying early signs of stress, anxiety and depression.

"The main focus is around what you can do about suicide and having that discussion to try and prevent people from making those attempts

"It has been a bit of a taboo subject but we think it does help if you can make some connection with people."

"I think there's a positive message there that things can be done, it's just a matter of making those connections whether it's through a councillor, a GP, a psychologist or psychiatrist," Dr Gransbury said.

"There's a number of networks in the community, it's just a matter of linking up."

The program will also tackle how to spot the signs that a mate might be struggling mentally.

"It's about getting people towards help if they can see it in their friends or colleagues or personally," Dr Gransbury continued.

Guest speakers will feature on the night including a psychologist from PsychMed and keynote speaker Anthony Hart.

Having lived through a struggle with anxiety that saw him attempt to take his own life, Anthony Hart will speak about his journey and the strategies that he believes can help to empower anyone confronted by a mind health challenge.

Motivated by his own experiences, Mr Hart is on a mission to help give communities the active tools to facilitate positive change in their own lives or the lives of others.

With the support of the Barossa Drug Action Team, the event will also cover the impact the drugs and alcohol can have on stress, anxiety and depression.

Barossa Local Drug Action Team, Alcohol and Drug Foundation, The Barossa Council and SA Health's Office of the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention are also assisting.

The event will be held on October 23 at the Angaston Football Club from 7:30pm - 9pm.

A gold coin donation is requested. RSVP before October 18 by calling 0438 083 559 or email ateam@angastonfootballclub.com.au.