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This Is My Brave Australia, Central Coast Show

Source: This Is My Brave Australia, The Show. Central Coast
Posted: 26 Jun 2019
"Bringing stories of mental health challenges out of the shadows and into the spotlight."

This Is My Brave Australia shows aim to break the stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental health challenges through storytelling, poetry, song, dance and creative expression live on stage.

One in four Australians live with a mental health challenge and most of us have family or friends who are affected. Talking about the way people live with, through and beyond a mental health challenge can be the most powerful way to support and encourage others.

Storytelling saves lives.

Men Care Too is working collaboratively with a number of local organisations to produce the inaugural ‘This Is My Brave Australia Show’ on the Central Coast during National Mental Health Month in October.

This Is My Brave Australia is a leading platform and community for people to share their stories of living with a mental health challenge in an effort to break the stigma and stereotypes often associated with talking about mental health challenges. They do this through a flagship production “This Is My Brave Australia - The Show” which features regular people from the community who have auditioned to be cast in the show. They share true stories live on stage through personal essay, poetry, comedy and original music.

This Is My Brave held an inaugural show in 2014 in the US to a sold out crowd of 400. Since then they have expanded rapidly across the US with multiple shows in different states around the country. This Is My Brave Australia kicked off in Canberra with a sold out show in 2017 and has gained momentum with a number of regional shows, film festivals and events around the country.

Men Care Too, along with the Central Coast production team are proud and excited to present the first This Is My Brave Australia Show on the Central Coast featuring a local cast, living brave and sharing their stories of how mental health challenges have affected their lives and their path to living well. The show is produced 100% by local volunteers and all monies raised will be directed into suicide prevention and mental health education to provide members of our community with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help others.

Following the official launch of the show on Wednesday June 26th, members of the production team will be hosting an introduction to storytelling workshop on July 20th at Tuggerah Library with auditions for the show scheduled on July 26 and 27 once again at Tuggerah Library. Rehearsals will be held during August and September before our show on Sunday October 20th.

 
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