You good?

8 April 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on You good?|

EVERY day there are good people doing good things in our community – one of which is Claremont local Martin Watkins.

Motivated by people he knew were doing it tough, Mr Watkins took the initiative to organise and host a forum in 2019 on mental health and wellbeing.

In 2020, he organised a second forum and is now hoping to see them continue into the future.

Named ‘You Good?’, the forums are held at the Claremont RSL.

Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad, who attended both forums, said she was looking forward to the next one.

“It is people like Marty who give freely of their time to help others who really inspire me,” she said.

“Motivated by what he saw in the community, Marty set about putting these forums together and arranging impressive speakers to share their experiences and advice.”

The inaugural forum featured guest speakers Mitch McPherson from Speak Up! Stay ChatTY and Amy Imms from the Burnout Project.

These two inspiring speakers shared their personal stories and the work they are doing to improve mental health around Tasmania through their work.

The second forum, held in early 2020, focused on mental health and wellbeing for emergency service workers and armed forces veterans.

It featured speakers from the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, and Buddy Up Australia, an organisation that connects current and ex-service men and women through volunteering, social and physical outdoor activities.

“The You Good? Forums have brought people together,” Ms Haddad said.

“They’ve been an opportunity for people to learn and share but more importantly, connect with each other, meaning we are all more able to support one another when we need it.”

Caption: Marty Watkins with Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad at the 2020 ‘You Good?’ forum.

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