There is no question one of the biggest unspoken impacts of the pandemic was on health and mental well-being. Expertise Events family, staff, industry, and the communities we work with have all been impacted heavily by the pandemic.
Today Expertise Events is proud to announce a partnership with the Black Dog Institute aimed at not only raising awareness of mental health issues but doing something practical within our community and the many industries we touch.
The Black Dog Institute is a solution and program driven organisation committed to the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness and the reduction of suicide rates in our community. The Medical Research Institute in Australia researches the best practice in delivering mental health support to people, anywhere in the country and at any stage of life. Driven by science, compassion and action, we transform our research and knowledge into easily accessible, practical programs and services across the broader community.
Gary Fitz-Roy MD of Expertise Events said, “It’s a proud day for our team, as a family business we appreciate and understand the challenges people faced over the last 15 months and as we emerge out of the pandemic, it’s crucial people understand they are not alone and we all can make a difference. The Black Dog Institute aligns with our values of making a difference by doing something about it.”
The Black Dog Institute will have a presence at the majority of Expertise Events’ shows this year, with some events having lived experience presentations from Black Dog Institute’s lived experience volunteers sharing their experiences with mental illness. Our aim is to allow the various communities we work with to approach freely and open a conversation. Visitors and exhibitors can also see how they can contribute to help create change, and how they can support this crucial and important work.
Each presentation from The Black Dog Institute will always be a little different—in fact the program was made to adapt and relate to different community groups. They’re designed to bring people together to increase understanding of different mental health issues, teach and demonstrate common signs and symptoms, inform when and where to seek help, and share practical strategies to help friends or family members who might be struggling.
Karen Elliff, Director of Funding and Partnerships, from Black Dog Institute said, ““We are really excited to be partnering with Expertise Events to expand awareness around mental health issues. Our partnership will no doubt help build positive mental health skills and start important conversations from those who need to reach out for help. We are pleased Expertise Events has prioritised Black Dog Institute and wishes to support the continuation of our research and the delivery of evidence-based programs throughout the community.”
For more information, contact Gary Fitz-Roy