It’s a scary statistic where one in five people experience a mental health illness each year and suicide rates are at an all-time high. Every year in Australia we lose over 3,000 people needlessly, with suicide being the leading cause of death for those aged between 15 to 44 years.
In a growing climate of external pressures, from social media and online bullying, to career demands and financial unaffordability, it’s never been more important to reach out to the ones you love—even those who look like they have it all together—and ask, “are you okay?”
Trailblazing Gold Coast charity LIVIN, which has had incredible success across Australia and is now going international, is presenting a conversation-starting photography exhibit called Collective Minds.
In collaboration with Robina Town Centre, the thought-provoking showcase will be launching on Thursday 12 September, perfectly timed for R U OK? Day and running through Mental Health Week to Sunday 13 October.
Given everyone has been touched in some way or another by mental illness, it’s no surprise so many have donated their time and energy to such a worthwhile cause. Expect submissions from the likes of photography veterans Sean Scott, Luke Marsden, Trent Mitchell and Paul Harris, a powerhouse of talented ladies including Hayley Williamson and Melissa Findley, along with some young and vibrant talents coming up through the ranks. Check out the full list of photographers here.
Photographers were tasked with using their craft to capture what mental illness looked like to them. It’s anticipated the exhibition at Robina Town Centre will be a catalyst for conversation, in a bid to break the stigma and make mental illness more visible, tangible and better understood within the local community.
All works are up for sale via an online silent auction, with 100% of proceeds going direct to support LIVIN’s LIVINWell programs and facilitators throughout Australia.
Get along to Collective Minds, show your support and be moved to take another look at those around you who may be silently pleading for help.
What: Collective Minds By LIVIN at Robina Town Centre
Where: The Collective Minds Gallery (opposite Oscar Oscar salon), Robina Town Centre
When: Daily, Thursday 12 September to Sunday 13 October
For more information, click here.
Image credit: Luke Marsden for Collective Minds