Murray Bridge Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo's 2019 event may be last one

Organisers: Paul Ankerson; Carly Udy, Cathy Smith, Jennifer Webster, Bronte Warneke, Bronwyn Heard; Carolyn Watts and Joh Ferguson. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Organisers: Paul Ankerson; Carly Udy, Cathy Smith, Jennifer Webster, Bronte Warneke, Bronwyn Heard; Carolyn Watts and Joh Ferguson. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

The 10th Murray Bridge Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo, next Friday, may be the last one.

Changes in the mental health sector, including the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, mean its organisers are increasingly being kept busy with other important work.

If this is to be the last hurrah - something that has not yet been decided for sure - it will be a big one.

Retired AFL player Heath Black will speak about his mental health issues, which culminated in diagnoses of bipolar disorder and ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in 2011.

The Premier's advocate for suicide prevention, state MP John Dawkins, will also appear; and guest speakers from Relationships Australia and Rural and Remote Mental Health will provide discreet advice in two workshops.

The event will spill out of Murray Bridge Town Hall and into Sixth Street between 10am and 3pm, with craft activities, aromatherapy, hand massages, balloon animals, live music, the Murray Marvels, a magician and more.

Free lunches will be available courtesy of the Rotary Club of Mobilong, as will tea and coffee, and Sprout Cooking School will present a healthy cooking demo at 1.30pm.

Giveaways available will include stress balls, flowers and bread.

More than 30 organisations will be represented on the day, furthering the theme "connecting to community".

On that note, youth centre The Station will stage an evening of acoustic music only a few hours after the expo finishes, with the aim of encouraging people to come and see what Murray Bridge's young people can do.

Uniting Communities' Cathy Smith said the past 10 years had been an amazing ride.

"I've loved every second, and the benefits it has given to the community have been amazing," she said.

"It has been a community event - from businesses to services to agencies, everyone has really embraced it, and we think it has been an asset to the community.

"It makes me proud to live in a community where everyone supports everybody."

She thanked all the organisations which had contributed to the event's success over the past decade.

She and the expo's other organisers left open the possibility that another agency could host the event in 2020, perhaps even in another town within the Murraylands.

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