Thrive LGBTI mental health and wellbeing community fair
The Thrive LGBTI mental health and wellbeing community fair is planned to be an engaging community event designed to raise community knowledge of the disparity between reported levels of depression and anxiety in LGBTI populations compared to heterosexual counterparts.
ACON, Eastern Sydney Medial Local, the National LGBTI Health Alliance and Beyond Blue have partnered with City of Sydney, Sydney and Sydney Sustainable Markets along with a range of community organisations, groups and associations to come together and put on a fun and community fair with a serious set of messages.
“LGBTI people experience higher rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues than the general population,” says ACON Marcus Pastorelli. “By coming along to this great new event, you’ll be able have fun, connect with people and organisations, find out more about how you can access practical support and learn new ways to help improve your health and wellbeing.”
Pastorelli told SX the focal point of the community fair will be a large marque where guest talks, demonstrations and meditations will take place – such as nutrition and wellness talks by Geoff Jowett from Body Trim.
"Surrounding the marque will be smaller stalls with different representative groups giving out information about support services they offer. There will also be representatives from community social and sporting groups, these offer great opportunities for people to expand their friendship and support networks.
"We’ll have groups like Twenty10, Q-Life, ReachOUT, Intersex Australia and sporting groups like the Sydney Rangers and Harbour City Wrestlers there."
Well known Sydney DJ Sandi Hotrod will be playing all afternoon as well.
"Sandi is a great community role model and keen to be part of the community fair because she strongly believes music has a wonderful and positive effect on our wellbeing," Pastorelli said.
Come and visit the first ever Thrive LGBTI mental health and wellbeing community fair and see the great showcase of organisations and groups that offer practical support for people in LGBTI populations who experience depression and anxiety and learn about ways to manage wellbeing.
Thrive LGBTI mental health and wellbeing community fair takes place on March 29 from 2pm to 6pm at Taylor Square.
Image: L-R Sandi Hotrod, Geoff Jowett, Sarah Lambert and Marcus Pastorelli (crouching) Photo by Cec Busby