Mental health focus of Polio Day 2017 event in Bendigo

Mental health will be the focus of an upcoming event for polio survivors.

Polio Network Victoria says that while the focus often lies with the eradication of the disease, there are thousands of Victorians, aged in their 50s and older, experiencing late symptoms of the illness or post-polio syndrome.

The organisation says many survivors experienced distressing times in their lives, with long stays in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, and also feelings of isolation because of fear of the disease.

“While every polio survivor has had different experiences, good mental health and general wellbeing are vital in remaining active,” PNV chair Bev Watson said.

“We recognise that polio survivors are experiencing changes in their physical heath which in turn has a significant impact on mental wellbeing.”

The event in Bendigo will feature medical and health professionals, who will discuss such issues as living with a chronic health condition, mindfulness, and resilience in the face of a depressive illness.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, ahead of World Polio Day on October 24. For more information or tickets, visit