Mental health in the frame
The importance of community involvement and loving where you live for maintaining good mental health is being promoted by two Pilbara not-for-profit groups through a new photography competition.
The Karratha and Onslow branches of mental health promotion organisation Act-Belong-Commit last Monday opened PhotoVoice, a campaign asking Pilbara residents to take a photo in line with the organisation’s theme of community involvement and send it in with a short description that explains its meaning to the photographer.
Act-Belong-Commit Pilbara health promotion co-ordinator Gemma Brooks said the competition challenged residents to pay more attention to their mental health, as well as the diverse opportunities to get involved in their local communities.
“If we keep active, get involved in community life, and do things that give us a sense of meaning and purpose, we not only feel happier, but we can cope better with problems and stress,” she said.
“PhotoVoice really aims to get people reflecting on the many positives of living in the Pilbara, things like our beautiful landscape, welcoming communities and opportunities to get involved.
“It’s also a chance for people to try their hand at photography and be inspired by ways other people in the community keep mentally healthy, because it can be something different for everyone.”
The competition runs until Friday, September 16.
Winners will be announced at awards nights in Karratha and Onslow during Mental Health Week and the photos will be exhibited in October.
Up for grabs are cameras, iPads and Act-Belong-Commit prize packs. The competition will also include free photography workshops for adults and high school students in Karratha and Onslow during August.
Professional photographer Marg Bertling, who is leading some of the Karratha workshops, said photography was a good activity because it allowed people to express themselves artistically.
“It enables another way to unlock those things going on in your head. It takes them out from the inside and turns them into something productive,” she said.
The Pilbara PhotoVoice competitions are sponsored by Chevron and Healthway.
For more information, go to actbelongcommit.org.au/ photovoice. To register for the workshops, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9143 2240.
Act-Belong-Commit Pilbara health promotion co-ordinator Gemma Brooks, centre, with PhotoVoice Karratha workshop photographers Marg Bertling and Courtney McFarland.