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Improving Men's Health towards
a healthier, happier community
with Tim Barritt
Stand by Me!
Pick up your phone!
"When the night has come, and the land is
dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see
---no I won't be afraid, I won't be afraid, just
so long as you stand
It's hardly surprising
this song, first released
by Ben E. King in 1961,
is still capturing hearts
around the world
Google 'Playing for
change' and you'll see
67 million hits!
While the incidence
of depression is rapidly
rising worldwide, it isn't
the only reason we'll
Bereavement, loss of job, partner/children
due to separation, family law including property
settlement/custody, financial, ill-health,
loneliness, scandal, the list is endless.
These things can happen to anyone, any time.
A very common example is separation.
When a loved one dies we have cards,
ceremonies, funerals and wakes to mark their
passing and support those left behind.
With separation the pain of loss can feel the
same, but without any of the other traditional
After emergency numbers and professional
support from doctors, having lots of people who
can 'Stand By You' has just got to be worth pure
gold in helping you through difficult times.
Not only are our doctors trained to look for
any underlying emotional health issues you may
have, they can refer you to the full range of other
services, if needed.
Visiting your doctor should always be your first
'port of call' if you find yourself beginning to
struggle with emotional pain.
After that, the more 'people' supports you
have, the better.
Every single positive contact can be a great
Don't forget your dog or other pet.
They 'know' about love and will 'be there' for
If you know or suspect someone is 'doing it
tough', offer your loving, caring support.
Pick up your phone.
Some Life Saving numbers to
put onto your fridge
Suicide. Emergency 000
Perhaps you've just had a huge fight with
It started in the bedroom at 11pm then moved
to the kitchen; someone's said 'it's all over'.
You've got in your car and just 'hit the metal'.
It's 4am, you're sitting in some lonely all-nighter
on Highway 1, 'halfway to nowhere'.
You're thinking about all those trees on the
roadside on your way home, too angry and upset
to think straight, 000 could save your life.
Crisis? S.A. Mental Health Triage (131 465)
No transport? No money? No partner? No
credit? But kids to support and care for? Having
trouble looking after yourself? It's all 'got to you'?
Feel you're falling apart? It's 24/7 too!
Domestic Violence 24/7 (1800RESPECT)
As I 'get around the traps' I am continually
stunned with the high level of domestic violence
I hear of.
Child Sexual Abuse. Kids Help Line
(1800 55 1800)
Children are particularly susceptible to sexual
attack, they can easily be overpowered, physically
and emotionally. I know, this happened to me.
For ages five to 25.
Put these numbers on your fridge for everyone
in your house.
Then stay alive. Pick up your phone.
Walk for kids steps
A 300-KILOMETRE walk organised to
raise awareness for child abuse preven-
tion concluded in Gawler on Monday
after an eventful 10-day hike.
About a dozen walkers from around the
state participated in the march, which began
in Tailem Bend and weaved its way through
Adelaide before finishing at Clonlea Park.
The group made several stops in towns
and suburbs along the way and provided
information to locals about child abuse pre-
Founder of People Against Intentional
Neglect (PAIN) Ron Waters organised the
walk, with assistance from Gawler East resi-
dent Penny McNicholl.
Ms McNicholl organised a barbecue and
collected donations for PAIN at the finish-
ing line on Monday and said she was pleased
with the group's achievements.
"Probably, all up, about 40 to 50 people
came and a handful of people joined in on
the last five kilometres walking into town,"
Ms McNicholl said.
"What they collected from the general
public and businesses while they were walk-
ing and the barbecue all totalled was about
$800, and there's still more to collect.
"Any advances in that direction is what's
important and the main aim was creating
awareness, and they definitely did that."
Mr Waters originally set out to complete
the journey by himself, but received interest
from others hoping to get involved.
He also received a great deal of support
from Gawler locals, which is why he select-
ed to finish proceedings at Clonlea Park.
"It is good to let Gawler know that there
are people that care with what is going on
with their lives," Mr Waters said.
"We can't tackle these problems on
our own but, together, it gives us a better
chance to give the community what they
Gawler Village Fair
A PINCH and a punch for the first
day of November month...the Gawler
Rotary Club has been sponsoring and
facilitating the Gawler Village Fair in
Pioneer Park for over two decades.
Don't miss this year's huge Gawler
Village Fair, from 8am to 3pm on
November 1. There's something for
everyone, bring the extended family.
OVER the next couple of weeks,
council will be installing bench seats
and refuse bins at selected locations
along the Gawler Urban River Paths,
including the new paths within Reid
Three of the new seats have been kindly
donated by the Gawler Rotary Club.
COUNCIL has recently installed two
new bus shelters in the Willaston area
at the following locations: Stop 113
(west) -- Dawkins Avenue, Willaston;
Stop 111 (west) -- Haines Road,
James Martin statue
THE James Martin statue, on
Whitelaw Terrace, was first unveiled
on August 15, 1903, in honour of the
'Father of Gawler'.
James Martin is considered Gawler's
most outstanding and influential civic
The statue has recently been cleaned
and specialist heritage restoration and
repairs are schedule to commence this
week and be completed in readiness for
Gawler's 175 anniversary celebrations in
Have your say
THE council's digital inclusion team
is seeking community feedback and
would appreciate it if you could take
the time to complete a survey: http://
The Federal Government's Digital Local
Government program gives the council the
ability to upgrade its digital infrastructure
so the community has better access to
Gawler Council services.
Through this Federal Government
grant, the Town of Gawler will update
its online access and install a video
conferencing system, to assist with council
communication and customer service
The project will also provide the
capacity to meet the economic,
planning and development and
administrative needs of Gawler's business
Hi-tech treasure hunt
DID you know Geocaching has gone
Do you have a love for the outdoors, a
smartphone or GPS and an adventurous
Geocaching might be for you.
If you and your family want to try
geocaching in and around Gawler, drop
into the library (Gawler and Evanston
Gardens) and pick up a Geocaches to
Explore guide to find out how you can
Phone 8522 1233
Bring in your photos
for publication in our
Approaching the nishing line in Gawler on Monday in their 300km walk for child abuse prevention were (from left) Cathy Marie Caddis,
Pauline Luethen-Soper, Bob Seymour, Deb Seymour, Clare Mills, Ron Waters and Michelle Smale.
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