Hip-hop con­cert for Men­tal Health Week

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486613

Shout it out loud... con­cert or­gan­is­ers Rae Cot­tam and Ronel Dalais.

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