Mental Health Week presents North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service (NMCADS) with a unique opportunity to promote key messages around developing and maintaining good mental health within the community we provide services to in the North Metropolitan Region. Raising the awareness of maintaining good mental health, or accessing help if you need it, is one of NMCADS goals for 2017-2018. Whilst NMCADS is able to offer this to consumers who access the NMCADS service, one of the key questions is how do we as a service provider connect to community members who may not or cannot access services, especially young people?
Young people aged between 13 -24 years of age, will be asked take photos of activities they engage in, which helps them promote or maintain good mental health, and post them on Instagram under the hashtag #MHWPhotovoice. These could be of sporting activities, going to the beach, of family gatherings, playing or listening to music or any number of healthy activities.
At the end of Mental Health Week up to 10 photos will be selected, framed and presented to the community in an exhibit. Each selected photographer will be contacted to describe why good mental health is important for them; this dialogue will also accompany the photos. Of the 10 photos selected to be exhibited, 1 will be chosen as the winner of the project. It is proposed that the first exhibition be in the Joondalup region identified as having the highest need of service support.
As stated earlier, participants will be aged between 13 -24 and only those participants will be eligible for the prize and will have their photos selected for the exhibition.
These photos will remain on display at various schools or participating centres for the next year, extending the importance of mental health and having a healthy mind beyond the mental health week dates.
We have also engaged with the Joondalup and Wanneroo times who will be writing an article regarding the project prior to Mental Health Week. The Times will also undertake a second article regarding the launch of the project. The wining photo will be included in this story.
The main platform to promote this event will be Instagram. Instagram has been selected as it will allow the project to go beyond the participants and their families to the broader community.
Please contact NMCADS on 9301 3200 if you require any further information.