Community International Womens Day Breakfast At Sydney Olympic Park

Fri Mar 3, 2017

More than one hundred guests including residents and school students from across the Parramatta, Inner West and Northern Districts will participate in an International Women’s Day breakfast and exhibition at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 8th March.

Hosted by Flourish Australia, the event will include a presentation by high-profile motivational speaker and mental health advocate Fay Jackson, who will focus on the signs and symptoms of mental health issues amongst women and the community in general.

Ms Jackson is General Manager, Inclusion, at Flourish Australia, NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner and well known for her mental health advocacy across Australia. She also has a lived experience of a mental health issue.

Given the susceptibility of young people to mental health issues, invitations have been extended to two local schools - Marsden High School and Merrylands High School - with a view to educating students about mental health in the community.

“Beyond celebrating the achievements of women in society, this is a chance to educate the community about the signs and symptoms of mental health issues,” Ms Jackson said.

“A lot of people don’t know what to look for when we talk about mental health problems.

“It’s a fact that one in two people will be dealing with a mental health issue at some stage in their lives. Yet too often people don’t recognise the signs and symptoms, don’t know where to go for help and don’t know that you can recover.”

Flourish Australia CEO Pamela Rutledge said the event was a first for the organisation.

“We felt it was important to hold a community event marking International Women’s Day, but also spreading the word about mental health,” Ms Rutledge said.

“There’s been an enormous shift in community in attitudes in recent years, making conversations around mental health so much easier and more productive.

“It takes little to spread the word about mental health in the community, but the positive impacts can be enormous.”

An artwork exhibition will respond to the International Women’s Day 2017 Theme #BeBoldForChange and showcase the creative, diverse and innovative skills of the people who access Flourish Australia services, carers and staff.

The event will raise funds for Flourish Australia’s Women and Children’s Program, which takes mothers on mental health recovery journeys with their babies and children by their side.

Media welcome to attend the breakfast.

WHEN: 8.00am-10.00am, Wedenesday 8 March
WHERE: Figtree Conference Centre, 5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park (Parking available)

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: MATTHEW WATSON – 0417 691 884