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THE ART OF MENTAL HEALTH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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There is an interesting new mural artwork in Fremantle on the corner of Queen Victoria and Parry streets.

The Share Your Headspace work was done by artist Rene Brink in collaboration with Freo student Kate Gunnel and is about mental health awareness.

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BULLIES ARE COWARDS!

 

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It’s the National Day Against Bullying and Violence  and that should be a reminder that we all need to stand against bullying in our society.

Bullying unfortunately has become the norm on social media, in schools, the workplace and basically everywhere else and has driven people to suicide.

If you witness bulling speak out! If you are the victim of bullying speak out! All together we can change this despicable attitude of the morons who engage in it. Do it now!

Roel Loopers

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R U OKAY TODAY?

Posted in city of fremantle, depression, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

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It is R U OK? Day today and a timely reminder for all of us to remain vigilant about our loved ones and work colleagues.

Mental health issues affect a large number of people in our society and they deserve our awareness and support. There is also a disturbing high trend of youth suicide.

Often just having someone who will listen without judging, to get a hug, a smile, and to not feel totally abandoned and alone in fighting the black dog, is so very important.

When that big black hole opens and the anxiety and depression takes over, it is a huge battle to try to pull yourself out of it, and sometimes it seems futile to keep on trying, as even getting out of bed in the morning is too much.

So ask the people around you if they are ok, because many of us just keep smiling while sinking deeper and deeper in the hole of no return. You could safe someone’s life today!

R.U OKAY?

 

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R U OK? ART AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, education, mental health, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

R U OK?

 

Fremantle Notre Dame University students came up with a creative idea to raise awareness for mental health and R U OK? DAY.

Students were handed small bags with paint in them to throw at a canvas, that will become an abstract painting depicting all the moods and nuances of life.

 

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CAN YOU SEE MY MIND ART SHOW

Posted in art, fremantle, mental health by freoview on February 19, 2017

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Can You See My Mind is a powerful art exhibition about mental health upstairs at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street, Fremantle.

The works by photographer Melanie English and artist Megan Henry have been created from mental health questionnaires completed by people who suffered or are still suffering a mental health condition.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians every year so it is not something we should be ignorant or judgmental about.

We have come a long way and no longer call people who have mental health problems lunatics or crazy, but there is often still a stigma attached to it and a presumption that the issues are alcohol or drug related, hence many people try to fight depression in isolation.

Shame, fear, loneliness, anxiety and feeling so deeply tired of life, in what one perceives to be absolute isolation and abandoned by society and friends, is a very traumatic experience that sadly often ends in suicide.

It is important that we are constantly aware that even close friends might not share their mental health issues with us and that asking and being observant is very important.

This exhibition helps us understand just a little bit better how and what people with mental health poblems go through.

Also at the Moores at ground level is a sculpture and painting show by Jon Denaro.

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CREATIVE IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

Posted in art, fremantle, health, mental health, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2016

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There is an interesting creative event on at Fremantle B Shed on Victoria Quay this Saturday May 28. SPECTRUM is a single day design event by Osnat Harlap of Urbanframeworks.

It uses the positive effects of mental and physical renewal as its theme, and invites you to explore the impact of creativity on mental space.

The program complements the http://www.meetingforminds.com forum.

On show and opening on Friday are new works by well-known Freo artist Eveline Kotai.

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MENTAL HEALTH FESTIVAL AT KINGS SQUARE

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health by freoview on March 18, 2016

Music to Open Your Mind. Mental Health Week

The Music To Open Your Mind mental health awareness event is on again at Fremantle Kings Square this Sunday from 12 noon and worth visiting. There are a lot of stalls with information about mental health, but there is also a lot of entertainment and fun.

The Elektric Co Tria, Ella E, Wasamba, Mambo Chic and the St Patrick’s Starliaght Choir will be performing, there is a climbing wall, children’s activities and food stalls, so go and have a look.

Roel Loopers

MENTAL HEALTH CAN AFFECT EVERYONE

Posted in fremantle, mental health by freoview on October 6, 2015

It is MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and students of Fremantle Notre Dame University have a display in the courtyard near the library today and are asking people to paint positive messages on the pavement at High Street.

Mental health is a serious worry because it affects so many people in our society. We hear of the terrible tragedy of children as young as nine-year-old taking their own life, depression is a way of life for many older people, and anxiety about life and the future is prevalent throughout our community.

I went through a huge mental health crisis myself in 1995 and the black dog has been sniffing at my heels every since. All of a sudden and out of nowhere that big black sink hole opens up at one’s trembling feet and it is near impossible to stop oneself from falling in. There is a deep sense of aloneness and powerlessness when this happens, and the inability to see a positive future ahead. One does not believe that anyone understands or can help you, so you struggle on alone and in despair and feel abandoned by the world.

Experts tell us to go and see our GP but not all GPs have empathy for someone in a mental health crisis, as I found out years ago. When I was down and very very nearly out I asked for a referral to Healthy Minds who operated out of Headspace at the time, but my GP said they were probably just a new self-serving unit he had never heard off and suggested I should go to “dancing halls” to pick up a rich woman who would look after me. Hearing that I was not surviving financially he told me I had enough fat to burn so I should not worry about having no money for food. No money for rent? You can sleep in your car, my medical professional advised me.

I was treated like a drug-addicted loser, but I was lucky that I was not an insecure self-doubting youth, but a mature person with enough self love to walk out of the meeting with the GP and thought of it as the most expensive stand-up comedy session I had been to.

The letter of complaint I sent to the GP did not get a response, but the people at Healthy Minds were wonderful. And so I live on and try to love life and people as much as I can. Every day is special and I know some bad days will come, but I feel strong enough to fight them, talk about it, and ask some good friends for a hug when I need one.

And of course I no longer go to the uncaring fool who calls himself a GP.

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LOOKING AFTER THE HOMELESS

Posted in city of fremantle, homeless, local government by freoview on September 28, 2015

The recent Arthur Head vandalism and homeless people invading backyards there keeps reminding me that we need to do better as a society to look after people in need. It is not only alcohol and drugs but often also mental health that puts these people on the street and lose their dignity.

The City of Fremantle does have empty spaces such as the former Queensgate cinema, to name just one, so would there be options to work with St Patrick’s and other support agencies to at least offer homeless people shelter, and maybe even a shower there?

For me it is unacceptable that a rich state like WA has homeless people and I believe we can improve on how we deal with them and support them. It breaks my heart to see families shivering and wet in the early mornings because they have been out on the streets all night without protection from being bashed and robbed of their very few belongings.

There must be State an Federal funding that a local government can tap into to to collaborate with agencies and support those in need better.

Roel Loopers

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IT’S SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY!

Posted in depression, fremantle, suicide by freoview on September 10, 2015

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Today is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY and something we should all be aware of because far too many people in our society take their own life, often triggered by depression. Especially youth suicide should be of great concern to all of us and we need to ask how as a community we can support desperate kids better.

In general though we should try to be more observant and that is difficult in world that wants to do everything faster and faster and where moments of contemplation have become more fleeting and rare.

The world of ego-driven selfies has little time for those who need to sit down for a good deep talk where they can express their most inner feelings and dare to ask for help, so the sense on aloneness and despair increases and too often that results in suicide attempts. So ask, and keep asking R U OK?

Roel Loopers

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