Last week we held our first big event and it was a blast! We were booked out and all around the room we could see smiles and hear people having a good time. We’d like to express big thanks to all of you in Perth who came along. Here’s a quick recap on how it went…

Our two co-hosts, Franko Seman and Chiara Zaffino, did an fantastic job, with plenty of cheeky banter and good humour right across the night. There were four main quiz rounds, including a special round dedicated to ‘the human mind’. Special thanks go to Scott Payne for putting together some music rounds (wow, those saxophone solos..). I think everyone in the room would agree with me, that the singing from Jessicca Maccione was a truly exceptional performance!

The quiz night was a resounding success in terms of our main goal – to connect with our supporters and start building a positive sense of community together. Going by all of the laughter and smiles around the room, it was quite clear to us that the night was a huge success. Likewise, we could see from our collection of fantastic prizes and bids which came in from the silent auction, that we have now begun to make connections and partnerships with local businesses, which we hope develop in the years ahead.

In terms of our fundraising goal, we are only part of the way there. What we really need right now is more members. So if you’re reading this, that means we need you. To get the wider public to vote for us means we need to be visible. If you can spare the $50 joining fee, please consider joining the party. Every little bit helps.

Here’s the link to join as a member of our party: https://www.amhp.org.au/members/join-the-party/
(we would love it if you shared this with friends, family, or colleagues who might also be interested)

Once again, I’d like to thank all of our volunteers, our supporters, and the kind people who donated prizes. We’ve learned a lot from this first event and hope to have many more in the years to come, both here in Perth and all around Australia. See you next time!

Ben is a Counselling Psychologist with an interest in evidence-based policy. He co-founded the party with the aim of bringing positive and preventative mental health care to the top of Australia’s political agenda. Our party strives to have inclusive representation across all mental health professions and members of the public including people with lived experience, family and carers, and all others with an interest in positive mental health and well-being. We believe that good mental health belongs to all of us and that if we hope to change society, then we all need to identify personally with the way forward. If you would like to get involved and help us find better solutions, please contact us (at communications@amhp.org.au). We would love to hear from you!

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