Hip-hop concert for Mental Health Week
A hip-hop concert will be held on Friday night to give youth struggling with mental health issues a voice.
Rockingham residents Ronel Dalais and Rae Cottam have organised the event after learning of the recent and alarming increase of suicide rates in the region.
They said the ‘SHOUT’ concert aimed to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
It was also about giving young people a sense of being valued and heard.
“It’s (the concert) something kids of our community have wanted for decades: a voice,” said Ms Dalais.
“Hopefully after Friday, the kids will walk away knowing they were part of something where their voices were heard.
“Through hip-hop, we will share stories and hope- fully save lives.”
“It’s a Mental Health Week event that promotes coming together to start the conversation around what’s really happening in our community and how we can support each other to create a hopeful platform for our young people,” Ms Cottam said.
“It is a free event but there will be the opportunity to make a gold coin donation, which will be donated to a local family that recently lost their son to suicide.”
Shout it out loud... concert organisers Rae Cottam and Ronel Dalais.