Jeremy Edwards and Daniel Motlop to visit Kimba

NOT AFRAID: Jeremy Edwards of INATT speaks at an event in Cleve last year.
NOT AFRAID: Jeremy Edwards of INATT speaks at an event in Cleve last year.

Local public speaker Jeremy Edwards is visiting Kimba to promote mental health conversations in regional communities, and he will be bringing a powerful friend along.

Former AFL footballer and current Indigenous business owner Daniel Motlop will join Mr Edwards in speaking at a men’s mental health brunch in Kimba on Saturday, February 23.

Mr Edwards is the founder of Whyalla group I’m Not Afraid To Talk (INATT) which aims to get men in the Eyre Peninsula region talking about their mental health.

He visited Kimba last year for the Health and Wellness Weekend, but the brunch will be his first speaking event in the town.

Mr Motlop has had recent success with Indigenous food business Something Wild after his AFL career ended in 2011, and is a passionate speaker on mental health issues.

Kimba local Mark Enright had the idea of organising an event promoting men’s mental health in the area.

“I just woke up one day and thought it might be a good idea to get a couple of boys together and chat,” he said.

After speaking with Mr Edwards, the event grew from there and has attracted funding from local businesses and the Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group.

Mr Enright said he saw the positive impact of promoting conversations about mental health during the Kimba Health and Wellness Weekend last year.

“Every one of those people walked away with something positive,” he said.

He said content of the event would cater for men 15 years and over, addressing a lack of openness among men in rural areas.

“I don’t think there’s enough men talking to men about what they’re going through,” he said.

‘I know from my own experience… you don’t really talk to anyone about it.”

Mr Enright said he was hoping the event would bring in men in from nearby areas including Cowell and Cleve, with a target of 100 attendees.

The event is free and will be held from 9.30am to 12 at the Kimba Gateway Hotel beer garden, with brunch supplied.