UNITING Wimmera's annual art showcase is shining a light on mental health for Mental Health Week.
Unique artworks went on display at the service's Horsham reception area on Tuesday. Every piece was created by an artist who has accessed mental health support through Uniting Wimmera.
The theme of this year's show was 'Let your voice be heard'.
Organiser and Uniting Wimmera mental health worker Paul Dickerson said show's purpose was to create awareness and change perceptions of mental health.
"We encouraged artists to express their feelings, thoughts, and stories into their art pieces. We were thrilled with the talent on show this year," he said.
Artist Alafair Weiser said her mixed media piece was inspired by the notion of finding form in the act of repetition.
Peta Goldsmith said her painting depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes was inspired by her own mental health journey.
Uniting Wimmera executive officer Josh Koenig said the event provided a unique opportunity for people to express themselves and share their experiences.
"We know how important it is to talk frankly about experiences of mental health difficulties, and reduce the stigma that can sometimes be associated with mental health issues," he said.
"At Uniting we provide ongoing support for Wimmera people who experience mental illness. Through a range of programs that build capacity and engagement, we enable people to reach their recovery goals."
Mr Koenig said people who needed support with their mental health could contact Uniting Wimmera on 1800 195 114.
Artworks will be on display at Uniting Wimmera's reception area on Baillie Street, Horsham until the end of October. Some select pieces will be available for purchase.
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