Mental health advocates Pete Smigel and Dan Price will take people on a deep dive into depression and what others can do to help in a special event at Paddington later this month.
Titled, ‘Are you ok, my son, brother, husband, friend?’ the two men will share the stage with Conversation Club's Wendy Searle in what promises to be an unforgettable and uplifting evening coming to grips with the toll suicide takes as a leading cause of death for Australian males aged 15-44.
Smigel is the former CEO of Lifeline Australia and currently sits on boards of the Australian Men’s Health Forum, Roses in the Ocean and Baseball Australia. Dan Price is the survivor of two suicide attempts, one of which in 2014 involved his rescue on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Says Wendy Searle: “He speaks with a rare honesty and vulnerability about his own battle on his journey to wellness, back from the abyss of anxiety and depression.” The ultra marathon runner is an ambassador for RUOK? Day, Movember and Livin.org.
As part of the two-hour evening, the men will share advice on how to recognise the sometimes subtle signs that someone is struggling, blending personal experience with academic research. The event is open to anyone aged over 18, especially those close to a male who is suffering anxiety or depression, or people who are looking for support and advice.
The Imperial Hotel in Paddington is hosting the event, and while the conversation starts at 6.30pm (with a special performance by singer songwriter William Brown), attendees are welcomed to come earlier for a meal and/or stay on to chat over a cold beverage.
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