#NavigatingHealth: What we learned on our CroakeyGO for mental health

  2 September 2019  NWMPHN   

Health professionals, community members, academics, researchers and consumers came together in early August for our CroakeyGO; a walk and talk about how we can improve the mental health and wellbeing of our community.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in and attended this session run in collaboration with public health news project, Croakey.

A new page has been created on our website to host all the interviews and activities of the day, along with a video summary that we have created regarding the experience.

Amuna Abella, an attendee on the day, provided some great feedback on the walk and said that “it is brilliant to see all those professionals in the same spot and it is fantastic to hear about a lot of services that I have never heard of. It has been a really good experience.”

Lara Kaput, another attendee, said “I love the idea of being physical while we talk, rather than sitting around a desk.”

Around 100 walkers and participants joined in on the day, with hundreds more following digitally via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The day was a great success for our organisation, allowing us to tap into the positive and negative experiences of community members and health professionals in a way that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.

The insights and connections we made on the day will be invaluable as we use this information to prepare our Regional Plan for mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs.