Annual Breaking Free Mental Health Concert

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Authors: Consumer & Carer Advisory Network – Toowoomba District (CAN-TD); Toowoomba District Mental Health Service

Year: 2009

Event: 2009 TheMHS Awards

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Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: QLD

Award level: Finalist

Award category: Consumer Provided Services

Abstract: Breaking free of the stigma of mental illness has been the main motivation behind the staging of an annual event to celebrate the positives of mental health. Michael Burge is the Founder and Coordinator of the Annual Mental Health Concert “Breaking Free” which has been held in Toowoomba, since 2002. The theme for the concert is a celebration of who we are and has provided a forum for many inspirational speakers, dancing, singing and various entertainers. Michael hit upon the idea several years ago after seeing first-hand how isolating the stigma of mental illness can be. The concert helps to promote community awareness in the community, and celebrate some of the positives. It also provides an opportunity for people to get out and be among people who know and understand, in an accepting environment. It is an opportunity to share ideas and different perspectives while having a good time. Description of Facility/Organisation: Breaking free of the stigma of mental illness has been the main motivation behind the staging of an annual event to celebrate the positives of mental health. Michael Burge is the Founder and Coordinator of the Annual Mental Health Concert “Breaking Free” which has been held in Toowoomba, since 2002. The theme for the concert is a celebration of who we are and has provided a forum for many inspirational speakers, dancing, singing and various entertainers. Michael hit upon the idea several years ago after seeing first-hand how isolating the stigma of mental illness can be. The concert helps to promote community awareness in the community, and celebrate some of the positives. It also provides an opportunity for people to get out and be among people who know and understand, in an accepting environment. It is an opportunity to share ideas and different perspectives while having a good time.

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