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Start the Conversation

Start the Conversation
Thursday 22nd October at 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Shedley Theatre
Community, Education, Mental Health
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2020 has been a challenging year for us all.

The City of Playford’s free ‘Start the conversation, a mental health and wellbeing forum’ encourages you to be open and honest about how you are feeling, and when to seek support.

We want to provide you with the tools to start a conversation when you’re not ok, or with someone who you suspect may be struggling. Let’s build a supportive and resilient community together.

The forum will provide you with tools to increase your resilience, key strategies to cope with stress and anxiety and connect you with some of the support services available in the City of Playford.

The City of Playford’s Mayor Glenn Docherty will open the forum, and welcome master of ceremonies and key speaker Nathan Bolton, member of the SA Premier's Council on Suicide Prevention. Nathan will be joined by two key speakers who are passionate about creating good mental health for all – Anthony Hart and Khadija Gbla.

Guest speakers

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Nathan Bolton was a Special Operations Engineer, deploying twice to Afghanistan as part of the Australian Special Forces. Nathan has made a profound recovery after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression, and now dedicates his life to helping those struggling to get back on their feet.
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Through a complex transition of escaping war torn Sierra Leone to obtaining refugee status and resettling in Adelaide, Khadja Gbla was able to discover she has a unique talent – the ability to translate across two very different cultures.
Anthony Hart is a social entrepreneur, advocate for mind health and a man on a mission to shift the narrative around mind health in Australia.

Event details

  • Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
  • Time: 2.30-6pm (event formalities commence at 3pm)
  • Location: Shedley Theatre
  • Bookings are essential: book via Eventbrite

From 2.30pm connect with local support services that are available to support you in the Great Hall at the Playford Civic Centre.

Start the conversation is an initiative of the City of Playford made possible thanks to funding received by the Northern Communities Health Foundation.

During these sessions we will be discussing sensitive topics which may be a trigger point for you. We have safe spaces available if you need a break, and qualified counsellors available to provide you support.

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