Mental health awareness dinner

Colin DeFries will reflect on how he dealt with depression at an upcoming mental health awareness dinner.

Colin DeFries will reflect on how he dealt with depression at an upcoming mental health awareness dinner.

A community dinner will be held early next month with the focus on raising awareness about mental health issues.

The Men 4 Life sponsored event is on Tuesday October 11 at the Bomaderry Bowling Club and several special guests will attend.

One special guest speaker is Dr Michael Davey - the best selling author of Journey of Hope and a well known Shoalhaven child advocate.

Dr Davey will share his story about how he fought and survived against the overwhelming odds.   

He was fostered as a baby and placed in four state-run institutions and  experienced significant abuse.  

To escape the cycle of violence and neglect, Dr Davey left home to join the Royal Australian Navy when he was just 15 years old.  

As a child, every day was a struggle, but Dr Davey fought against the overwhelming odds.  

Showing extraordinary determination and raw courage he managed to survive the horrors of his early years.

Dr Davey, eventually rising above it all, went on to university where he was the recipient of both PhD and prestigious medicine scholarships.

His talk at the mental health event is sure to be a memorable one

The other guest speaker is Colin DeFries and he also has a strong story to tell.

Mr DeFries has had his dark days dealing with depression and has an extraordinary positive approach to dealing with his issues.

A local actor, short film-maker, poet and songwriter Mr DeFries  is a  passionate writer with a wealth of life experience.

Tickets cost just $25 which includes dinner and to book a spot call 0431 549 593.

Meanwhile, the  Men4Life support group commenced in Nowra in 2004 and the demand for its service is increasing, as services for Men are limited.

The Men4Life support group is a safe place for people who need support and healing and who may be in personal crisis; to share and be heard when telling about experiences, feelings, and perceptions –  in a non-judgemental atmosphere of mutual respect, confidentiality and self responsibility.

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