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Students showcase creative talent to boost mental health awareness

12 October 2016

Hundreds of students from 16 schools across Brisbane’s south-east descended on Logan’s Entertainment Centre on Tuesday for the second annual Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival Grand Final.

Held during Mental Health Week, the festival focussed on connecting young people and raising awareness about mental health and addiction issues through performance and artwork.

Participating schools included Carmel College: Browns Plains State School; Carinity College; Groves Catholic College; Marsden State High School; Mt Warren State Primary School; Ormiston State School; Springwood State High School; Loganlea State High School; Flagstone State Community College, Rochedale State High School, Loganlea State High School, Canterbury College, Chisholm Catholic College and Runcorn State High School.

The 2016 winners of the festival awards are:

Dance category:

Carmel College - "Anxiety"

Drama category:

Rochedale State High School for their play Resilience

Media Art category:

Justin Townsend - Marsden State High School

Paris Julian - Carmel College

Matthew Petralia - Carmel College

Music category (Cover):

Canterbury College - Romance

Music Category (Battle of the Bands, judged by ‘Clapometer’):

Flagstone Community College

Music (original):

Lost at Sea - Georgia Taylor, Carmel CollegeVisual Arts category:

Beau Todd - Year 4 Browns Plains

Brittany Herbert - Rochedale State High

Executive Director Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Professor David Crompton said the festival was an investment in our youth.

“Metro South Health serves an estimated population of one million people, with more than 250,000 people under 18 years of age,” Professor Crompton said.

“The 2016 production was a great success and I thank everyone for their involvement and commitment to making the event such a huge success.

“I’d like to particularly thank our partners - QUT, Headspace, Logan Together and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, who have all worked incredibly hard to help nurture student’s talent and to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

“Thanks must also go to the many schools and teachers who supported their students in the planning and delivery of their performances and submissions.”

Professor Crompton said the public now had a chance to view the visual art submissions from the festival, which will be on display in the foyer of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

“We have some truly talented young people in the Metro South Health catchment area and I’d strongly encourage the community to visit the artwork installations from the Festival while they are on display at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for the next few months.”

Last updated 19 August 2021
Last reviewed 13 October 2016

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