Mental health workshop for regional artists

Capricorn Film Festival in partnership with Queensland Mental Health Week will present a free virtual mental health workshop for regional artists.

This will be an important and timely conversation with mental health professionals Erin Fisher and Jane Endacott, Rockhampton based writer and performer Jodie van de Wetering, and Luke Graham, Capricorn Film Festivals founder and the filmmaker behind upcoming Central Queensland rugby league feature documentary, Sharko.

The aim of the workshop is to create an understanding of mental health illness in the regional arts industry and promote mental health well-being.

This event is part of Queensland Mental Health Week which runs October 10-18. During the week, people across Queensland come together through events, conversations and activities to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.

The workshop is available to any Central Queensland residents, though it is targeted towards emerging, mid and professional artists.

“This year has been tough for our whole country,” said Graham. “Like most other professions, artists have seen financial and creative opportunities cease with the downfall of the economy and some even fall through the cracks of government support. We hope this workshop will provide support to our regional artists and build awareness for mental health regionally.”

“Art can be incredibly beneficial and can be cathartic for the audience as well as the performer, but you have to know what you’re doing and make sure you’re keeping yourself safe, and looking after the safety of everyone else involved as well,” said Jodie van de Wetering

This year’s theme is Take Time for Mental Health and encourages people to take time for their mental health with steps simple actions that have been proven to improve wellbeing.

The workshop will be held on, Saturday 17th October, 10:00am to 10:45am and will be free.

Attendees will leave the workshop having gained meaningful and extensive experience in mental health illness in the regional arts industry and promote mental health well-being.

The workshop will be held via ZOOM with limited spaces, register via the festival’s website or Facebook page.

For registering or other information visit www.capricornfilmfestival.com

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