Angus Message, 8 October 2015

Hello Rotarians & Friends,

It’s been another hectic week in the life of your president with two grand finals, the AFL in Melbourne and the absolutely thrilling NRL in Sydney, plus the Wallabies victory over Mother England. My adrenaline could not have enjoyed a better weekend. The only problem being...I’m getting ready to move house again.

Putting sports aside, I took up the invitation to go to the Deakin Edge Theatre and enjoy the Mental Health Week launch. Alan Hopgood was the Master of Ceremonies, whilst the Hon. Martin Foley, the Minister for Mental Health, was there as was Professor Graham Burrows, and Jim Goodin who is the Vice President of Mental Health Foundation Victoria.

It was a most informative two hour session and interestingly enough, one carer voiced his displeasure of his son, who he cares for, being branded “a customer”. The response to that is if we call him otherwise it might stigmatize him.

As you are all aware, or should be, our super cluster is organising a Youth Mental Health Forum with the objective of “Keeping Our Kids Alive” on Tuesday evening from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at the auditorium at St Bernard’s College in Beryl Street, Essendon. Professor Tony Jorm has agreed to be our keynote speaker and he will be joined by Dr John Sherman, a drug and alcohol GP, Dr Alfred Veloso a child psychiatrist from the Royal Children’s Hospital, and a paramedic familiar with ice. This will be a very engaging evening and if you have a son or grandson in their teen years it would be a very valuable education forum for them to attend.

I watched Q & A on Monday evening and that was on mental health and it was so informative and enriched my knowledge on the problem our society will continue to encounter.

Finally don’t forget to book to go to the Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast on the 24th November to listen to what happens during general anaesthesia. It can be quite addictive, I am led to believe.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday lunchtime.

Your President,

Angus Scott-Walker