Lis­ten­ing to Voices

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Unique theatre pro­duc­tion ‘Lis­ten­ing to Voices’ will be at Wesley Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in Hor­sham on Fri­day.

The pro­duc­tion, de­scribed by pro­gram lead­ers as dy­namic and coura­geous, is the prod­uct of av­er­age peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ences of ‘hear­ing voices’ and men­tal ill­ness.

Its pur­pose is to erad­i­cate stigma sur­round­ing men­tal-health di­ag­no­sis, in par­tic­u­lar the ex­pe­ri­ence of psy­chosis, de­pres­sion and sui­cide.

Wim­mera Unit­ing Care Hear­ing Voices re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Pe­tra Hinch said the Lis­ten­ing to Voices project was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Gate­way Health and the Hear­ing Voices Re­gional Project – a joint pro­gram of Voices Vic, Prahran Mis­sion Unit­ing Care and Wim­mera Unit­ing Care.

“Lis­ten­ing to Voices is an hon­est and, at times, hu­mor­ous per­for­mance that as­sists in shift­ing per­spec­tives of men­tal ill­ness,” she said.

“The stars of the show are not ac­tors, rather or­di­nary peo­ple telling their own sto­ries of dis­cov­ery, con­nec­tion, heal­ing and hope through their per­for­mances.

“I truly en­cour­age peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to come along for a free night of en­light­en­ment and en­ter­tain­ment; es­pe­cially those who have ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness, their fam­i­lies and friends and peo­ple who work in men­tal-health ser­vices.

“The show starts at 7pm and runs for about one hour and 20 min­utes.

“There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­cus­sion and light re­fresh­ments af­ter the per­for­mance.”

Mrs Hinch said peo­ple could visit wuc.org.au/events for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or con­tact her at Wim­mera Unit­ing Care on 5362 2941 or email pe­[email protected] wuc.org.au.

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