Fremantle music event to change mental health tune
September 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Media release on a great youth event coming up Sunday week
- Around 75 per cent of all severe mental illness starts before the age of 24
- By age 21, just over half of young people will have experienced a diagnosable psychiatric disorder
A free Fremantle music event will be held this October as part of Mental Health Week to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health in young people.
The Changing Your Tune event, supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities is the brainchild of the City of Fremantle, Fremantle headspace, The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), Music Feedback and Unwind, who have joined forces to promote the ‘act, belong, commit’ message and raise awareness of this growing community issue.
“Engaging and supporting young people is a passion of the City’s youth program and we are pleased to raise awareness of such an important issue in a way that young people can enjoy,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.
The free event, to be held on Sunday 4 October at the Esplanade Youth Plaza includes a fantastic line-up of West Australian musicians including The Love Junkies, Coin Banks, Morgan Bain, Bernadine Grigson and Paulie Page.
It also includes the launch of the Music Feedback CD Volume 7- a YACWA project that uses music to aid the mental health discussion with young people around the state. Free copies of the CD will be available on event day.
‘Music plays a very important role in many young people lives and can be a great avenue for opening up discussion surrounding mental health. Music Feedback gives musicians the opportunity to spread positive messages about mental health to young people, which in turn reduces the stigma associated with seeking help,” said YACWA CEO Craig Comrie.
Also involved, is Fremantle headspace’s 17 – 25 year old led Youth Reference Group who were key to creating the youth-focused event.
Other free activities on offer include a GAME of SKATE, live art, slacklining and appearances from other youth organisations.
Sunday 4 October
11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Freo Esplanade Youth Plaza