Be loud for mental health | Milton Ulladulla Times

Mon Oct 5, 2015

Everyone can make a big noise to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health this weekend.

Ulladulla mental health organisations, Richmond PRA and the Schizophrenia Fellowship, have teamed up to present Make a Noise, a free festival to be held at the Dunn Lewis Centre from 6pm on October 10.

As well as live music by local bands, the Anxious Clowns and Quite Like Pete plus a variety of solo performers, the festival will showcase personal stories of hope and recovery and offer interactive activities such as the Countdown to end stigma and the Tree of Hope.

Richmond PRA manager Linda Gilroy is encouraging people from all walks of the community to “be loud” during the Countdown at 8pm to help raise awareness of mental health and to challenge the stigma surrounding it.

“Mental illness isn’t something that affects a handful of people,” she said, “it’s one of the biggest health and well-being matters we face as a community.”

“One in five people will have a lived mental health experience during any 12-month period.

“An important message is that people with lived experiences of mental illness often move on to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, providing they get the right services and support at the right time.”

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