RUG UP: South Burnett Suicide Prevention Working Group members Noel and Marlene King-Adams, Liz Guaresi, Toni Cauley, Kirsty Cauley, Cr Danita Potter and Rebekah Noe get ready for the Winter Warmers community event.
RUG UP: South Burnett Suicide Prevention Working Group members Noel and Marlene King-Adams, Liz Guaresi, Toni Cauley, Kirsty Cauley, Cr Danita Potter and Rebekah Noe get ready for the Winter Warmers community event. Jessica McGrath

Free event to help the community beat the blues

IT WILL be a night of community, music and blankets as people rug up to beat the blues.

The South Burnett Suicide Prevention Working Group will be putting on their free Winter Warmers Beating The Blues event on Friday May 17.

There will be live music from Kingaroy artist Lloyd Back and performances from two South Burnett dance groups in the Kingaroy town hall forecourt from 4pm.

Group member Kirsty Cauley said multiple community groups were getting involved and there would be craft activities focused on gratefulness, as well as face-painting and fairy floss.

There will also be a sausage sizzle and a 'glam chair' providing mini make-overs.

Group member Cr Danita Potter said they wanted the event to encourage families to spend time together.

"We do what we do because we love our community and want people to live their lives to the fullest,” she said.

From 5.30pm all of the fun will move inside the town hall forecourt for a free family friendly movie.

There will also be free scarves and beanies which have been knitted by community members to give away at the event.

Group member Liz Guaresi said there would be an information table where people can come and chat.

"We want people to start to connect into the community and to not feel isolated and feel included in the community,” she said.

There will be information at the event about where people can get help.

Ms Guaresi said some members of the group have had lived experience with suicide ideation.

The group works hard to reduce the stigma and feelings of isolation around mental health.

Anyone interested in joining the South Burnett Suicide Prevention Working Group committee are encouraged to get in contact with their Facebook page.