Australian actor, Steve Bastoni will lend his support to the Goulburn Youth Wellbeing Network for their annual ‘R U OK?’ Day events on Thursday 7 September aimed at raising increased understanding of the struggles people with mental health issues face.
Steve, who is one of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished actors, is delighted to be taking up this new and important role as ‘R U OK?’ Day ambassador. As ambassador he will be visiting local high schools, informing and inspiring students about the challenges of mental illness. Steve will be visiting Mulwaree High School, Goulburn High School, Trinity Catholic College and Crookwell High School.
On Thursday evening at 7pm there will be a community event held at the St Saviours Hall, cnr Bourke and Church St. where Steve will also be speaking. This is an opportunity for people to reach out to friends and family who may be struggling and invite them along. Local services including Anglicare and Mission Australia, will also be present to provide information on services available.
Ms Toni Reay, Regional manager of Anglicare is excited about the awareness this event generates. “This will be our fifth year hosting our event, each year we have engaged with over 2000 students over the Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan shires. This promotes mental health awareness and starting the conversations about R U OK and helps people reach out to friends and family who may be struggling,” says Ms Raey. “These are important issues and we want people to know that they aren’t alone and that there is help available.”