You Lent A Hand, Now Lend An Ear, Our Recovery Continues
As the first anniversary of the devastating Queensland summer of natural disasters draws near, what better opportunity to celebrate the power of the human spirit than Mental Health Week 2011?
Every Queenslander was affected by last summer’s natural disasters. Even if water didn’t lap your front door or cyclonic winds didn’t rip off your roof.
The emotional impact of confronting such devastation left its mark on all who witnessed it as well as all those that experienced it.
Through compassion and understanding, people turned out in droves across the state to lend a hand.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for another disaster to demonstrate our open mindedness and empathy for others. Mental Health Week is a further opportunity for Queensland to show what a collective can do to support those in need.
Under the theme Be Active, Get Connected, Stay Involved, the organisers set about pulling together a campaign that focused on the common humanity on display throughout the recovery and just how simple it would be to maintain that attitude in support of every Queenslander living with mental illness.
And who better to spread that message than the Choir of Hope and Inspiration (formerly known as the Choir of Hard Knocks) and their Founding Music Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM.
As they prepare for their first tour to Queensland with concerts at Brisbane and the Gold Coast on October 9 and 12 respectively, Jonathon and the Choir have come on board as the Official Mental Health Week 2011 Ambassadors.
“We are extremely honored to be able to do something so positive for all those affected by the natural disasters and those suffering from mental illness in general,” Dr Welch said.
“It’s being active and getting connected with others that created a profound resilience in the Choir members and it’s the very same resilience that Queenslanders displayed last summer.”
“During the initial clean up we saw people get active, get connected and now we need them to stay involved.”
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2011 (9 – 15 OCTOBER)
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