Former NSW Opposition leader John Brogden will speak at a mental health forum in Grafton next week.
Former NSW Opposition leader John Brogden will speak at a mental health forum in Grafton next week.

Brogden to speak about depression

FORMER NSW Opposition leader and Lifeline NSW patron, John Brogden, will be among the guest speakers discussing the often-avoided issue of mental health at a forum in Grafton next week.

The mental health forum, which will be held at the Grafton District Services Club from 4pm next Wednesday, has been organised by Clarence MP Steve Cansdell to bring the issue of mental health and mental health services in the Clarence Valley into the spotlight.

“Regrettably we don’t talk about mental illness enough, but we should discuss it as much as we talk about a brother or a wife or a husband who survived cancer,” Mr Cansdell said.

“We must give people the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about their problems without having to feel embarrassed or ashamed.”

Mr Cansdell said he hoped community input and discussion at the forum would result in the delivery of improved mental health services in the area.

Mr Cansdell said he was particularly pleased to be joined at the forum by Mr Brogden, who had been battling depression since a serious mental breakdown six years ago.

Mr Cansdell said through medical help and counselling, Mr Brogden was able to turn things around and was a testament to the value of mental health services.

“I am very pleased John has been able to come to Grafton for my forum,” he said.

“I’m very hopeful his personal journey will help others to understand that there is a way out of the darkness.”

Among the other guests at the forum will be representatives of the Northern NSW Local Health Network and NSW shadow minister for mental health and Aboriginal affairs, Kevin Humphries.

Mr Cansdell encouraged anyone in the community with an interest in mental health or mental health services to attend the forum and share their views.

For more information, contact Mr Cansdell’s office on 6643 1244.



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