Family finds hope through headspace

FUNDRAISING: Megan Darcy with her fiance Ben Hutcheson, Jenny Singe from headspace and Caity with Hulli the headspace dog. Picture:JIM ALDERSEY

FUNDRAISING: Megan Darcy with her fiance Ben Hutcheson, Jenny Singe from headspace and Caity with Hulli the headspace dog. Picture:JIM ALDERSEY

A BENDIGO family's life has taken a turn for the better, thanks to support from headspace Bendigo.

Thirteen-year-old Caity has battled with childhood depression since 2008 but has made positive progress since discovering headspace Bendigo.

Caity's mum Megan Darcy and step-dad Ben Hutcheson are so grateful they have decided to organise a fundraising trivia night to support the early intervention mental health service.

"We want to help raise the profile of headspace," Mr Hutcheson said.

"Caity has had childhood depression and there's just been no support services or specialised services that are affordable or readily available in Bendigo.

"We finally got in contact with headspace Bendigo and it's done amazing things for us.

"It's improved our day-to-day life with Caity, our daughter, but as well as our whole family.

"We had been left feeling powerless and frustrated with the situation, we all felt helpless, but we managed to get on to headspace.

"We were made aware of what they do in Bendigo and they've done great things for us but it's something that unless people are made aware of what they do then they just don't know that they're there."

Caity thanked the team at headspace for their ongoing support.

"Headspace has helped me with my depression and has given me a place to go when I feel sad or angry," she said.

"Without headspace I wouldn't be who I am today."

The trivia night will be at Bendigo Pottery from 7pm on July 25.

"There will be tables of eight to 10, the price is $25 a head and it will include live music and catered hot food and drinks," Mr Hucheson said.

"There's a silent auction as well so we're turning for local businesses trying to get some support.

"We are looking for donations from businesses in Bendigo.

"It will be a good family-friendly evening for a very worthy cause."

For more information or to donate, phone Megan on 0438 569 023.

headspace Bendigo is at 192 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, and can be contacted on 5434 3939. If you or someone you know needs help phone, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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