Giv­ing voice to good times

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

YOUNG­STERS are en­cour­aged to get be­hind the cam­era for Men­tal Health Week.

The Pho­tovoice Project, run by the Joondalup-based North Metro Com­mu­nity Al­co­hol and Drug Ser­vice, en­cour­ages peo­ple aged 13 to 24 to take photos of ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote good men­tal health and post them on In­sta­gram with #MHWPho­tovoice (Men­tal Health Week Pho­tovoice).

“This could be about play­ing sport, go­ing to the beach, fam­ily gath­er­ings, play­ing, or any num­ber of healthy ac­tiv­i­ties,” man­ager Eric Nord­berg said.

The project will launch dur­ing Men­tal Health Week, which runs from Oc­to­ber 7 to 14, with en­tries to be up­loaded be­fore Oc­to­ber 25.

Up to 10 photos will then be se­lected, framed and pre­sented to the com­mu­nity in an ex­hibit at the City of Joondalup’s Youth Ser­vices at Heathridge Leisure Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 27.

“Each pho­tog­ra­pher will be con­tacted to de­scribe why good men­tal health is im­por­tant for them, which will also ac­com­pany the photos,” Mr Nord­berg said.

“Th­ese photos will re­main on dis­play at var­i­ous schools or par­tic­i­pat­ing cen­tres for the next year, ex­tend­ing the im­por­tance of men­tal health and hav­ing a healthy mind be­yond the men­tal health week dates. Of the 10 photos se­lected to be ex­hib­ited, one will be cho­sen as the win­ner and will re­ceive 32GB iPad.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d474761

AC­TIV­I­TIES that pro­mote good men­tal health will fill so­cial me­dia this week with young peo­ple such as Ruben and Do­minique (pic­tured) tak­ing part in the Pho­tovoice Project for Men­tal Health Week.

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