Ross Read raises funds this Mental Health Awareness Month

Murray Dairy Regional Extension Officer, Ross Read, has partnered with mental health charity Beyond Blue to raise significant funds towards improving mental health resources.

With three weeks still to go, Ross has raised more than $900 from online donations and a Big Blue Table fundraising event this Mental Health Awareness Month.

On Saturday 8 October, Ross welcomed more than forty members of the local community for an evening of connection, meaningful conversations and fundraising at the Junction Hotel in Toolamba.

The event raised more than $600 dollars from raffles and donations which will go towards helping Australians experiencing anxiety and depression by funding Beyond Blue’s Support Service.

“Events like this are important to give community level peer support. They help to break down stigma and the stereotypes of mental illness. It is a great opportunity for a social event off farm, especially with the ongoing pressures of things such as drought, fires and flood,” Ross said.

Ross is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. In recent years, he has partnered with Beyond Blue on multiple projects, including the You’re Not Alone podcast series which deals with the effects of childhood trauma on family and relationships.

“I had my own mental health journey following childhood trauma. This then manifested as depression and anxiety. From that it was then learning to deal with my mental illness,” Ross explained.

“Adult men often struggle with talking about their problems. I want to be a role model to family and friends to show that vulnerability is not a weakness and that it shows strength and courage in seeking help,” Ross followed.

Click here to donate to Ross’s online fundraiser.

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