Bayside school Carmel College has entered a singing quartet in the 2017 Positive Mindset
Creative Arts Festival which showcases the link between creative arts and positive mental
The Festival, hosted by Metro South Health, connects young people and raises awareness
about mental health and addiction issues through performance and artwork.
Singing in the quartet are Year 12 students Sydney Brand, Madison Heagney, Anna Bradled
and Taylah Jessen.
Ms Jessen said music allows her to express herself and is a positive outlet which benefits
her mental health.
“If I’m sad or happy, I can just sing or play music and express how I’m feeling,” she said.
Carmel College Arts Co-curricular Program Leader Julia Spargo said the festival is a way to
raise awareness about mental health amongst its students and young people.
“It’s great to become aware of mental illness and let everyone know that they have support,”
Ms Spargo said.
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Executive Director Professor David
Crompton is encouraging local schools to participate in the Festival.
“Each of the categories of the Festival forms a positive creative outlet for people to
showcase their artistic talents and express themselves in a friendly competitive
environment,” Professor Crompton said.
“Metro South Health hosts the Festival and our partners, the Queensland University of Technology, Logan Together, headspace, Griffith University, Children’s Health Queensland and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Pop Up Radio Australia and the Queensland Academies Creative Industries, they all work incredibly hard to help nurture student’s talent and to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues," he said.
Ms Brand participated in the 2016 Festival and said the atmosphere is one of her favourite
parts of the friendly competition.
“It’s great to see how everyone encourages each other. Although it’s a competition, there’s
always a positive vibe and spirit there,” she said.
The festival has five categories including music, visual arts, dance, drama, and media art.
Auditions for the Music category close on Thursday 14 September 2017.
The Grand Final of the Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival will be held at the Logan
Entertainment Centre during Queensland Mental Health Week on Wednesday 11 October