Trivia night supports headspace Bendigo: Photos

A FUNDRAISING trivia night raised more than $4000 for headspace Bendigo at the weekend.

The event was 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.

Ms Darcy thanked the community for getting behind the trivia night.

"It was really, really good," she said.

"We had about 86 people turn up which was fantastic.

"We raised more than 2500 on the actual night but with sponsors and extra donations the total is $4829."

Caity shared her story with the Bendigo Advertiser last week in the hope it would encourage other young people to seek help if needed.

While still on the road to recovery, Caity has come a long way in the past 12 months since discovering headspace Bendigo.

"I used to have a wall up, I wouldn't talk to anyone," she said.

"I was self-harming and with every counselor I'd had, I wouldn't talk to them.

"I would just hide my feelings."

When Caity was having a really tough time she would self-harm - finding physical expression for her emotional struggle.

"That started in Grade 1," she said.

"It took my mind off what was actually happening because of the pain of it and I'd just focus on that."

Ms Darcy said she was proud of her daughter for being brave enough to speak out and raise awareness about depression.

"I've had phone calls from people who have been touched by her story," she said.

"I've had people message or ring me who have children who are going through the same thing and they're thankful the story was printed in the paper because now they know about headspace Bendigo."

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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