Learning to stress less with Behind The Seen

October 26, 2018
Iris Foundation was proud to support the ‘First Response: Stress Less’ event for emergency services workers and their families on World Mental Health Day, October 10.

‘Stress Less’ is an initiative of Behind The Seen, a community organisation that supports first responders on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Guests were welcomed by Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, Wyong MP David Harris and local councilor Jillian Hogan, who each described their efforts to address the mental health needs of local people. David Peach, CEO of Black Dog Ride, also spoke passionately about his organisation’s work to create better mental health outcomes.

With formalities aside, the group was then treated to two very different but equally entertaining guest speakers. Greg Van Borssum of GVB Mind Warriors inspired the audience with his personal story, his determined attitude and ability to re-invent himself, plus his incredible achievements in the face of adversity. Amanda Gore of The Joy Project then energised the audience with interactive activities – practical demonstrations of the lessons she conveyed, which also created connections and laughter.

Guests also had access to mental health information and counseling support throughout the day.

‘Stress Less’ offered attendees a winning combination of practical support and fun.