Organisations doing innovative and exciting work in the area of youth mental health were given the opportunity to show their work to Members of Parliament at the NSW Mental Health Commission’s third annual Parliamentary Mental Health Showcase.
Held to mark World Mental Health Day (October 10), the event was attended by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davis and other MPs and their staff. Thirteen organisations including Flourish Australia, the Benevolent Society, Clarence Youth Action, and Twenty10 showcased their youth support services and initiatives.
The event featured a performance by young refugee participants in the Musical Odyssey program, which sees Conservatorium of Music High School students and staff provide mentoring to Cabramatta High School students from Iraqi and Syrian backgrounds. An experiential artwork called the Mobile Mood Bus, which is part of The Big Anxiety Festival, was also on hand for MPs and the public to try out.
Speakers at the event included Flourish Australia peer worker Chris Grumley, who shared his personal story of mental illness as a child and young person, and how he recovered. NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Davies also addressed attendees.
Initiatives showcased at the event were:
- The Benevolent Society - See Me, Hear Me art program
- The Big Anxiety Festival Mobile Mood Lab
- Children and Young People’s Mental Health – Central Coast Local Health District
- Clarence Youth Action
- EasternSuburbs Youth Mental Health Conversations Group
- Flourish Australia - Youth Community Living Supports program
- Kookaburra Kids
- Mental Health Carers NSW – Friend2Friend initiative
- Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) - A Musical Odyssey program, a collaboration with the Conservatorium of Music High School and Cabramatta High School
- Twenty10 incorporating Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW
- Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation
- Collaborations between NSW Health and NSW Education: Schools Link, YAM and Project Air
See photos from the event in our gallery.