Performance in Horsham aims to break down stigma directed towards mental health

EXPRESSION: Ordinary people will turn into actors to perform their show Listening to Voices live on stage in Horsham. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

EXPRESSION: Ordinary people will turn into actors to perform their show Listening to Voices live on stage in Horsham. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

THE actors from Listening to Voices will perform at Horsham’s Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Friday, June 23. 

Wimmera UnitingCare hearing voices regional co-ordinator Petra Hinch said “ordinary people” who have experienced mental illness would create the performance.

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

The performers aim to help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health diagnosis – in particular the experience of psychosis, depression and suicide. 

Ms Hinch said she encouraged people – particularly people who had experienced mental illness – to attend. 

She also called on families and their families and people working in mental health services to get involved. 

“I truly encourage people in the community to come along for a free night of enlightenment and entertainment,” she said. 

The performance is scheduled to start at 7pm. 

The Listening to Voices project is a collaboration between Gateway Health and the Hearing Voices Regional Project – a joint program of Voices Vic, Prahran Mission UnitingCare and Wimmera UnitingCare.

Ms Hinch said Listening to Voices was an honest and humorous performance that will assist in shifting perspectives of mental illness.

She said entry to the event was free but asked people to register their interest prior to the event via wuc.org.au/events

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