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

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

TICKETS are still available to this Friday's trivia fundraising night for headspace Bendigo.

The event is being organised by a Bendigo family as a way to thank headspace Bendigo for helping 13-year-old Caity during her struggle with childhood depression.

Caity's mum Megan Darcy and step-dad Ben Hutcheson said the early intervention mental health service had turned their lives around.

The family shared their story recently with the Bendigo Advertiser.

"It really shone the light on it, which is what headspace is all about, and we were really happy with it," Mr Hutcheson said.

"We're getting donations but we're struggling a bit to fill some seats - we have about four tables that haven't been filled.

"But, for me, there has been more power in the awareness and getting the message out than the dollar value that we're going to raise. "In all honesty, it wasn't until I started getting out there and talking to people that I realised, the true power and the value in what we're doing.

"I'd much rather make someone aware that they're there and what they offer than have an extra $500. "The impact is a lot greater directly helping someone."

Mr Hutcheson said Caity has battled with childhood depression since 2008 but has made positive progress since discovering headspace Bendigo.

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

"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 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."

For more information about the trivia night or to donate, phone Megan on 0438 569 023.

Headspace 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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