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the big anxiety A “Mental health has emerged as a significant challenge for Australia’s new festival designed to provoke thought and discussion on mental health in the 21st century will be held in Sydney from September 20 to November 11. health system,” Tammy said. “Almost The Big Anxiety festival will half of Australian adults (aged 16-85) will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime (45.5%), with one in five expected to experience a mental disorder each year.* “Within this context, The Big present over 60 projects over seven Anxiety festival is bringing together weeks across Greater Sydney, leading artists, scientists, and Nikolova that uses augmented reality including state-of-the-art immersive thinkers, with the aim of developing to help first responders and the experiences, international art rich and engaging methods to general public to understand the exhibitions, theatre, performance, communicate the experiences experience of psychosis; while the and public forms, designed by some of mental illness, recovery, and Mobile Mood Lab is a customised of the world’s most progressive resilience.” bus featuring work by National Media creative innovators. Art Award winner, George Khut, acclaimed indigenous choreographer, that is an immersive and interactive Brennan said The Big Anxiety director, dancer and multimedia mood laboratory that offers a way to acknowledged the role that the artist, Vicki Van Hout, who will write self-monitor and manage stress and arts can play in supporting mental and perform the festival poem; and anxiety. health and wellbeing in individuals ‘Suicide’ – a stunning new dance and communities, through raising work that explores themes of youth approximately 98 per cent of events awareness, early intervention and suicide, self-harm and healing. are free entry. providing opportunities to participate Labryinth Psychotica is an artwork *ABS, NSMHW, 2007 in: AIHW, 2016 in the arts. by Dutch artist Jennifer Kanary thebiganxiety.org conference to give information and strategies that can Event spokesperson Tammy Festival highlights include advice for parents improve their own lives and those of A The festival is not-for-profit, and their children. Conferences will be held in series of conferences in Melbourne will aim to educate parents, carers and teachers how to manage the challenges of caring for children with learning and behavioural difficulties. Eltham on August 25 and 26, in Knox fed up with the lack of information difficulty, be supported and enabled Child’ founder, Rebecca Perkins, the and resources available to parents and to reach their fullest potential and conferences will feature 12 talks over carers of children with special needs. achieve their goals and dreams,” two days, with the program including some of the country’s leading which every child who is struggling Visit myspecialchildonline.com experts in the field, who will provide because of a special need or learning for details. An initiative of ‘My Special linkonline.com.au in October and one in the Melbourne CBD in December. Rebecca, a mum to two sons – one of which has ADHD and is intellectually disabled – established My Special Child in 2015, after she was “Our vision is to create a world in Rebecca said. news 07