Forum focuses on community wellbeing

Dr Bill Gransbury with Sam Hayes, who together have organised a community wellbeing event for October 23.

Positive wellbeing across the community is at the forefront of an upcoming forum, Save our Mates, which will have a special address by Anthony Hart on four steps to better mind health.

Retired Angaston GP, Dr Bill Gransbury, who is captain of the Angaston A Team, an initiative of the Angaston Football Club, has teamed up with businessman Sam Hayes to facilitate the Angaston Wellbeing Evening – Save Our Mates.

To be held on October 23 at the Angaston Football Club, Anthony Hart, a passionate advocate for mind health is a man on a mission to shift the narrative around mind health in Australia.

The forum will provide practical tools for those facing challenges when it comes to stress, anxiety and depression and also give community members an insight in how to tell the signs amongst friends and family in order to reach out and help them.

“This whole topic seems to be becoming more prevalent in society,” said Sam.

“Unfortunately having more people experience depression and suicide and having that impact within the local community over the last 12 months we thought it would be good to host this event.”

Sam said it was important to be able to “spot the signs” and intervene.

“A sense of community and partnerships are away of helping people” said Sam.

“Sport and exercise are another core of a foundation of being healthy.”

Dr Gransbury said awareness and intervention are the key tools to help people and make sure they don’t end up in that dark place.

“Some of the young people can start off with mental health issues and get involved with illegal drugs and excess alcohol and we need to help them and be alert,” said Dr Gransbury.

“Their support from friends and family is vital and this forum will provide the knowledge that gives them some resilience.”

Dr Gransbury said the forum is a positive element the community can do and welcomes the support from supporting organisations.

“The sporting communities in the country are a strong way for people and families to connect and that has to be a good thing,” he said.

Registrations for the night can be made via email to

Inquiries can be made to Dr Gransbury on 0438083559.

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