As what can be seen as a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, mental health has become an even bigger issue over the last 18 months in all walks of society, but what has been particularly great to see is a bigger focus on awareness, prevention, and cure this year than any other year at The Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Between the 16th of March 2020 and the 24th of January 2021, Medicare provided almost 11.5 million subsidies for mental health related services, and that’s only counting those who actually sought after treatment for their mental health, which we know is never the full picture. It’s clear statistics like this have led the Sydney Royal Easter Show to double down on their efforts in combatance.
Tom visited the Home & Lifestyle Pavillion to get a better understabnding on just how the emphasis has changed this year compared to last, and was staggered with just how many stalls had placed mental health at the very forefront of their priority for being there.
Two stalls in particular stood out, one for it’s heart warming alliance of son and mother working together for over thirty years, and the other for its notable inclusion of preventing animal anxiety when travelling in moving vehicles.
Listen below as Tom has a chat to three different members of these stalls, as they paint a picture of what their products do to to combat mental health for those of different demographics, age, gender and even species!