Four secondary schools took part in the Long Paddock Dramatic Minds Festival in Deniliquin on Wednesday to promote mental health knowledge and reduce the stigma of mental illness in young people and the community.
About 60 people attended the festival’s night concert performance at Deni High School, where students from Deniliquin, Finley High, Moama Anglican Grammar and Balranald Central performed a 10 minute drama or dance act they wrote on a chosen topic related to mental health.
The performances focused on causes, incidents, implications, help-seeking behaviour, hope and breaking down stigma.
The four acts covered topics of post natal depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and domestic violence.
There were also Indigenous dance and belly dancing performances by Deni High students.
Deni High student support officer Tracey Page said she was very pleased with how the performances were received.
‘‘It was an excellent night and the students performed so well,’’ she said.
‘‘We’d like to thank our major sponsors Edward River Council, Central IGA and NSW Mental Health. We couldn’t have done it without them.’’
Deni High dance performers Beth Laverty, Izzy Salter-Warren, Rylee Strong and Emily Creely with performance narrator, writer and director Grace Jefferies (front).
Deniliquin High School dancers Naoka Owen, Billi-Jo Austin and Bella Hammond.