What is Blue Connections?
Life Saving Victoria has recently launched a fantastic new networking event series – it’s called Blue Connections.
Why Blue Connections?
Connecting the broader Victorian lifesaving community to develop, learn, and network together while sharing experiences and common goals in an innovative and interactive personal and professional development series.
Together participants learn, grow and network through interactive workshops. Each event features a different key speaker, and topics are related to professional and personal development.
When and where do Blue Connections events take place?
Events are held once a month at Life Saving Victoria’s headquarters:
200 The Boulevard
Port Melbourne, VIC
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Next Blue Connections Event
Date: Friday 1 November 2019
Location: Life Saving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne
Keynote Speaker: Lance Picioane from Love me Love You
Topic: Mental Health #timetotalkvic
Mental ill-health is something which affects all of us. Every year, one in five Victorians experiences a mental illness and one in two of us will experience mental health illness in our lifetime. And in 2018, Victoria almost 600 people to suicide, that’s more than double the number of lives lost on our roads. Suicide is now the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 44 in Australia. As a community, we must do more to help support people living with mental health challenges. Now is the time to talk openly about mental health.
Life Saving Victoria is pleased to invite you to a special Mental Health breakfast for Session 11 of Blue Connections LSV’s Networking Series.
Presented by Lance Picioane from Love me Love You, we will start a positive conversation about wellbeing, helping self and others, stigma and knowing the signs.
To kick off Mo-vember, we begin with positive conversations! Join us for this special breakfast event, with the incredibly engaging and down to earth Lance Picioane from Love Me Love You, who will present a thought-provoking, meaningful and inspiring mental health strategy session through connecting participants to his story as he moves through well-being and reflection exercises to equip participants to start positive conversations and live their best life.
“By fostering a positive change through awareness, education and acceptance we can begin to remove the stigma associated with mental health, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and life hardships.”
Almost one in four young Australians are unhappy with their lives. Due to the lack of awareness and the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse, many young adults choose to face their battles alone.
A former first-round draft pick and AFL footballer, Lance Picioane established Love Me Love You in 2013 to help young adults take control of their mental wellbeing and to live happier, more fulfilling lives. As a teenager and throughout his AFL career, Lance suffered from depression and anxiety. Like many young adults, Lance chose not to ask for help but instead turned to partying and substance abuse.
By being truthful with himself, his family and his friends, Lance turned a corner and sought help. Although he still has his down days, Lance now lives a life full of love and happiness. Love Me Love You programs are based on Lance’s experiences and are aimed at educating young adults about the importance of mental health and empowering youths to Get Back to School, Back to Sport, Back to Life!
An incredibly relatable and down to earth character, Lance and Love Me Love You have touched people from all walks of life through ongoing community initiatives such as the annual ‘March with Me’ walk, as well as hosting several workshops and ongoing events across Victoria.
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