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A night with the blokes strikes a chord

About 60 people got along to the A Night with the Blokes Tomorrow Man workshop at Tumut Boys Club Hall on Thursday night.

The free-of-charge event was put on by Gotcha4Life and Riverina Bluebell, and supported by the likes of Rural Outreach Counselling, Tumut Police, Tumut Rotary and Snowy Valleys Council.

“It was very positive and everyone took something away from the night,” said Tumut resident and volunteer Jo Murrell, who was the driving force in getting the event to Tumut.

The theme of the night was learning how to help a friend or relative who is experiencing mental health issues, beyond just asking them how they are.

“It is about taking the next step, communicating, and answering the question ‘what do I do now?’,” Ms Murrell said.

There was a good range of younger and older people there on the night.

“It was a good cross-section of ages attending on the night, and on the way out people were stopping and talking about it, so it was an all-round success,” she said.

Ms Murrell said the event would be on once a year in Tumut, and more often if sponsorship could be acquired.

Tomorrow Man Workshops have also been held at Tumut High School, Batlow Technology School, Tumbarumba High School and Gundagai High School.