With World Mental Health Day approaching on the 10th of October and October being Mental Health Awareness month, All Grid Energy together with DICE Australia will host a fundraiser for Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention on Tuesday the 25th of October in Sydney.  The evening event aims to increase awareness about mental health issues in remote indigenous communities and provide inspiration as to ways to facilitate community regeneration through innovation.

This small scale panel discussion and press conference, “Illuminating the EnviroMENTAL: healing from the inside out”, is a symposium of indigenous leaders discussing the topics of depression and anxiety in Aboriginal communities. The event aims to raise funds for further research and development into an Indigenous-specific mental health and suicide prevention program to be delivered in rural communities.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to NSW based “Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health” and Black Arm Band.

CRRMH is dedicated to improving the lives and mental health of those living in rural and remote communities.  They achieve this through education, service development, collaboration and achievements in research, and academic leadership. Their Rural Adversity Mental Health Program has already had tremendous success in remote communities in NSW. Funding from this event will help further development of an Indigenous-specific program and thereby improve the mental wellbeing of NSW Indigenous Communities and throughout Australia.

Black Arm Band are a coalition of Indigenous musicians from all around Australia, who deliver music making work-shops and performance in remote communities thereby contributing to well-being and positively impacting on land and culture in the spirit of reciprocity. A not for profit group and registered charity they rely on private donations to maintain their work in remote Australia.

David Suzuki, Ray Pratt and Peter Robertson
Ray Pratt, David Suzuki and Peter Robertson

A keynote address will be given by renowned scientist and environmentalist, David Suzuki. Recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology and the recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize, David Suzuki is known for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way. The Suzuki Foundation’s work points to the intrinsic link between Environmental and individual health.

A panel discussion is the feature of the evening with indigenous leaders and climate champions Elijah Douglas, Amelia Telford, Josh Gilbert, Olga Havnen and Kirstie Parker and Nathan Blacklock. To find out more on our inspiring panel members check out the Facebook event here for all the details.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and we’d love you to come along and be a part of this important conversation. Purchase your tickets here.

Can’t make it to the event? Show your support by making a donation which will go directly to The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and Black Arm Band here.

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