MENTAL AS EVERYTHING by Under the Microscope – Friday 20 March 2020

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When the Rotary Club of Yea, Yea & District Memorial Hospital and the Murrindindi Medical Centre partner up to support Yea Arts Inc present Mental as Everything, a light-hearted and engaging look at the serious issue of Mental Health in our community something’s up, and it is!

Mental illness is very common in Australia. Readers may/may not be aware but the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009) revealed that:

 One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.

 The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder.
These three mental illnesses often occur in combination.

 Every day, at least six Australians die from suicide and a further thirty people will attempt to
take their own life

 Almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

Increasingly aware of this issue and having a mission to ‘Bring the Arts to Yea’, Yea Arts Inc has teamed up with our community’s own Rotary Club and major local health service providers to bringt he talents of Damon Smith and Adam Coad to Yea to present the show, Mental as Everything.

Mental As Everything is an original cabaret show by Melbourne-based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. His personal day-to-day experiences with a diagnosis of both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder have helped Damon develop a transparency regarding his dealings with these two, widely-misguided disorders. As a singer-songwriter, Damonhas created a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and thought-provoking, researched narrative. In this two-man cabaret show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a funny, but often awkward journey inside their own heads with hilarious
onstage buffoonery and songs pertaining to mental illness.

Bob Glenister, Yea Arts Chair said “Damon and Adam were part of ‘Sun Rising’ a show we presented last year to rave reviews so we’re expecting another thoroughly entertaining show. This time though, they present the show under the banner of ‘Under the Microscope’.
Sassy singer-songwriter Damon says, “Mental As Everything endeavours to breakdown the stigma attached to mental health with onstage buffoonery and some very personal moments when it comes to explaining these often-misunderstood disorders.”
“Damon is absurdly hilarious, musically brilliant and refreshingly honest with his mission to create awareness and speak his truth about living with OCD and bipolar disorder.

Each of us has, or is likely to have contact with someone struggling to live with or care for a person with a mental illness be it depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm attempts, post-traumatic stress syndrome, bipolar disorder, substance abuse – to list but a few.
As a volunteer committee we at Yea Arts are proud and thankful to Rotary, our medical centre and hospital for their support – we hope our community enjoy and gain many benefits from the show.

Having gained generous financial support from the above partners we are in the process of writing to our High School, Sporting Clubs, CFA and RSL requesting that they inform their students, players and members that free tickets are available to the youth in our community. Our aim is to ensure our youth especially know that there are no barriers to their attendance at this event” Bob added.

Otherwise, General Admission tickets for the show at the Yea Shire Hall 7pm Friday 20 March can be purchased on line or in person from the Yea Community Bank Branch ($35 each) or by calling Barb on 0411 433 702.

Better still, why not support Yea Arts and grab a season ticket for just $120, Season-ticket holders are rewarded with entry to all four shows throughout 2020 ….and an exclusive season-ticket holders’ mid-year event.

Seats are limited – so book now and grab your tickets early!

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