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7.00pm - 8.30pm

Lara Secondary College, 34 Alkara Ave, Lara 3212

Teachers, Teachers Aides, Parents, Students, Psychologists, Counsellors, Sports Coaches, Youth Workers, Scout Leaders, Nurses, Health Workers and the wider Community

$22.73 + GST

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Social Connection as a Wellbeing Strategy

Tony McManus will share his personal and family experiences with Mental Health. After reaching out and seeking the necessary medical and psychological support when he was at rock bottom, he stumbled across the importance of Social Connection as a Mental Health solution.

An important part of the process of maintaining wellbeing is an assessment of Work Life Balance (or School Life Balance). He will share a simple 6 point template that helps to easily identify what parts of our day to day life are “out of balance”. A growing problem that he targets  is the issue of isolation, loneliness and the trend of disconnection. He shares a range of Social Connection solution options through Volunteering and Mentoring via his Face Book page Connect 2 Grow that build self-esteem, gratitude and resilience. Importantly he will show how much fun can be had on the pathway to building better school and community outcomes.

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Tony McManus

Tony McManus is a sought after speaker at all levels of the community for beyondblue and RU OK? across South East Australia. He was the first Independent Chairman of a Headspace local consortium across the 100+ Headspace centres across Australia and established the Headspace Geelong Fund. He focuses on identifying strategic mutual benefits and win win outcomes. He was also an active supporter of the establishment of the Lara & District Community Bank.

After selling his Lara based Real Estate business, Tony has been passionately promoting the Mental Health Solution of Social Connection through Mentoring and Volunteering via his Facebook page “Connect2Grow”. Volunteer Tourism projects have taken him to PNG and Remote Australian Indigenous Communities.

After his brother Mick took his own life, a passion in helping others deal with Mental Health issues began and has resulted in among other thing’s the successful lobbying of the Geelong and Hawthorn football clubs to play annually for the AFL “beyondblue Cup” as a vehicle to promote awareness about and reduce stigma in the community about Depression. He has presented to the Western Bulldogs “Sons Of The West” Mens Health Project. He is a National Ambassador for beyondblue and is a Community Ambassador for RU OK?

His work has been reported in the Sunday Age, the Herald Sun, ABC TV and Radio and a number of times in the Geelong Advertiser. He is a regular guest on 93.9 BayFM and was a nominee for the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize in 2016. Tony is also a member of the CEO Institute (Certified CEO) and a member of Rotary. He currently also works as the Development Manager of the Geelong Community Foundation.

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