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Taking the drama out of mental health issues

Four local schools will take part in the inaugural Dramatic Minds Festival in Young on Friday 4 August to promote mental health knowledge and reduce the stigma of mental illness in young people and the community.

The public is invited to the event to be held at Young Town Hall at 6pm.

“The Dramatic Minds Festival engages young people in a creative way to explore the issues associated with youth mental health,” said Youth Mental Health Worker for Young Health Service Ashleigh Shipp.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District Youth Mental Health Team established the festival in Wagga in 2008 and it has since expanded to Albury, Tumut, Temora, Griffith, Deniliquin and now Young.

Students are asked to research, write and present an original 10 minute performance on their chosen topic of youth mental health. The performances focus on the causes, occurrence, outcomes, help-seeking behaviour, hope and breaking down the stigma.

Local schools participating are Young High School, Hennessy Catholic College, Murrumburrah High School and Cootamundra High School.

Ms Shipp said the students are working hard to create engaging and thought-provoking performances.

Adolescence and young adulthood is the age of peak onset of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. 

“With mental health problems affecting one in four young people every year, it is important that communities are aware that early intervention for these difficulties is vital in preventing the long term complications of mental illness. 

Tickets are $5 each and available from Young Town Hall, M&M’s, S&AJ, Art of Espresso, Come Alive Fitness Centre and Hard Rock Gym.

If you, or someone you know may be experiencing mental illness call the MLHD AccessLine on 1800 800 944 to arrange local support.


For further information please contact:

  • Ashleigh Shipp, Youth Mental Health Worker, Young Health Service

    Tel: 6382 8722

  • Merilyn Limbrick, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

    Tel: 0428 249 719


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