On 1 August 2019, we sponsored a #CroakeyGO to help inform our Regional Mental Health Plan.

What is a #CroakeyGO?

An innovation in public interest journalism developed by the team at public health organisation Croakey.

It is walking journalism – where the Croakey team brings people together to walk and talk in a particular place about health-related matters, and to collaboratively produce social media and other editorial content.

Our #CroakeyGO focused on the mental health system. Our hashtag #NavigatingHealth trended nationally, with 1661 tweets receiving 13.35 million impressions.

Who was involved?

Around 100 people came together to follow in the footsteps of a patient journey through the mental health system in Fitzroy and Carlton.

The crowd was diverse and included people with lived experience, carers, clinicians, health professionals, service providers, journalists, policy makers, politicians and mental health advocates.

Hundreds more people followed and commented online.

Why did we do this?

Put simply: to listen.

So we could look at the mental health system from as many perspectives as possible. Some are confronting, some present challenges, all inspire us to do better.

We sponsored the event but had no control over editorial content or what was said on the day.

The route

The stops reflected some of the touch points at which people interact with the mental health system. They were:

  1. The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
  2. St Vincent's Hospital
  3. drummond street services
  4. Carlton Family Medical

At each stop we heard from guest speakers before breaking off into groups to share our unique perspectives on the mental health system.

 Map of our route

What's next?

We're carefully compiling all the feedback we received and will use it to help inform our Regional Plan for mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs.

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What did people say?

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