Ulladulla To “Make A Noise” For Mental Health Month

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Two of Ulladulla’s foremost mental health support organisations have joined forces to host an open-invitation community event that will raise awareness of mental health and local services and supports.

The “Make a Noise” event on Saturday 11 October is being arranged by RichmondPRA and Schizophrenia Fellowship (which runs the local Sunflower House living program).

The event also marks mental health month.

The focus is on promoting positive mental health and social and emotional wellbeing and also reducing stigma around mental illness.

The event will include three hours of festivities including music, poetry, song, personal stories and interactive activities such as tie dying, drumming, art and craft, belly dancing, information displays and food stalls.

There will be a count down at 12 noon for everyone to get involved and “Make a Noise", which is a symbolic gesture to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

The idea is to test the “Make a Noise” concept in Ulladulla with a view to spreading it to other localities and possibly even nationally in coming years.

“Mental Illness isn’t something that affects a handful of people – it’s one of the biggest health and wellbeing matters we face as a community,” RichmondPRA Ulladulla Manager Linda Gilroy said.

“The fact is one in five people will have a lived experience of mental illness 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.

“A typical problem is that sometimes people simply don’t know what help is available or how to access it.

“We want to use this event as a forum to get word out about mental health and also that local help is available.

“We want as many people as possible in Ulladulla to come and “Make a Noise” and quite possibly be a part of history.

“People might look back with a proud sense of achievement if they can say ‘I was there when Make a Noise was born in Ulladulla’”.

Schizophrenia Foundation Team Leader Kylie Rawson said a vibe of optimism and pride would underpin the event to match the theme of this year’s Mental Health Month, which is “BeYOUnique.”

“This is all about offering an opportunity for people to celebrate their differences by providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere that encourages creativity and embraces individuality and uniqueness,” Ms Rawson said.

“We’re using creative promotion to engage the wider community including families, youth, elderly, carers, people with indigenous backgrounds and anyone who’s affected by mental illness in some way.

“We’re inviting people from all walks of life in the community to come along and participate.”

“MAKE A NOISE” Ulladulla
WHEN: 10.00am-1.00pm Saturday 11th October 2014
WHERE: Grounds of St Martin’s Church, Cnr Princes Highway and Green St

Media enquiries:

Linda Gilroy, RichmondPRA 0414 448 397
Kylie Rawson, Sunflower House, 0400 425 433