The Resilience Festival for 2018 kicked off with a bang as residents filtered through the gates at Tony Luchetti showground on Saturday, October 13.
Organiser Greg McManus said he was happy with how the event turned out, despite the rainy weather conditions.
“The most positive thing to come out of the day was the positive vibe we had, everyone was enjoying themselves,” he said.
With 20 different mental health stalls set up, residents were able to get brochures, pamphlets and advice from stall-holders. Lithgow Headspace, TAFE, Walk ‘n’ Talk, Lithgow Cares, and more set up in the pavilion.
Key speakers Kyle Anderson and Nic Newling were both well received by festival-goers.
“Had a lot of positive feedback about the talks and the key speakers,” Mr McManus said.
“The timing of the rain was quite good because it meant people had to go inside and listen to the speakers and I think they learnt something which was the main reason for this festival.”
If Mr McManus and the Resilience team decide to host the event again next year there are a few things they would do differently.
“We would improve the mental health aspect by probably getting more speakers,” he said.
Musicians and demonstrations were a big hit as many watched and listened on with admiration.
Demonstrations included Kumiai-Ruy Martial Arts and Vanguard Fitness who both spoke about how exercise could help improve your mental health.
“We got a lot of good feedback from bands about the hospitality and they really liked Lithgow a lot,” Mr McManus said.
According to Mr McManus, there were no incidents that marred the day.
“I think all up they used like one band aid, so I am really happy it ran smoothly.”
Mr McManus is confident that the group will be close to breaking even once the funds are counted and any extra bills are paid.