Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Do you know someone that suffers from a mental illness? Let’s stand together and make a change.
This Friday, 22 November, Music For Mental Health takes place at Freo.Social. Organised by film maker, Around The Sound writer and now mental health advocate, Bridey Eggleton, 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Headspace and Lifeline Australia
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 years, and young Australians are more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents.
“I wanted to do something to help create change,” said Eggleton. “Mental health and suicide are one of today’s biggest issues and I knew that if I called on some of my friends in the music industry, we’d get good support for the event. Freo.Social have also been really supportive, providing the venue for us and getting behind the event in every way possible. It’s going to be a great night with money going to a really important cause that affects all of us in some way.”
Music For Mental Health is supported by Freo.Social and Around The Sound and features Super Ego, Butter, Siobhan Cotchin, Roobs and the Washing Line Economy, Sam Banks-Smith (Moth) and Smol Fish.
For more information and tickets, please click here.
When Bridey asked if Around The Sound would support this event, I didn’t hesitate to get behind it. Having dealt with mental health issues throughout my life, I know how important it is that we’re able to put more funding into support for people with mental illness. Current levels of funding are woefully inadequate. Mental illness impacts all of us in some way or another. Whether it’s through our own direct experience, or impacts family or friends, we all know someone who is one of the 20% of the population who’s dealing with mental illness at any given time. If we choose to, every conscious action we take can make change and, together, we can change the world, one small step at a time. I hope you will support Bridey’s event on Friday by buying a ticket and coming along to see the fantastic lineup she’s put together. Thanks to Bridey, the bands and Freo.Social for getting behind this. In my lowest moments, the ones where I’ve not been able to conceive of a way forward, knowing that people care has been one of the things that’s helped me hang on until the light begins to shine again.