With an estimated 45% of Australians expected to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime – the statistics are alarming.
To help break the stigma attached to mental health, Gold Coast charity LIVIN has joined forces with Robina Town Centre to launch an in-centre photography exhibition.
In a first for both the charity and shopping Centre, Collective Minds – An Exhibition by LIVIN x Robina Town Centre will be revealed to the public on Thursday 12th September, coinciding with R U OK? Day and in preparation for Queensland Mental Health Week (5th – 13th October).
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The pop-up exhibition will shine a light on mental health by using photography as the catalyst for a public conversation, in an attempt to make mental illness more visible, tangible and better understood within the local community.
More than 20 emerging and celebrated photographers from the Gold Coast and interstate have pledged their support to the cause, exploring and depicting mental health through their own lens. Photography luminaries such as Sean Scott, Trent Mitchell and Luke Marsden feature in the curated exhibition, alongside talented budding shutterbugs as young as 14 years old, who all have their own unique interpretation of mental health to share through their chosen piece of work.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO of LIVIN, Casey Lyons, commented, “The exhibition is a wonderful event and a great way to artistically represent that mental health can look so different to each and every person. Mental health takes many forms and there is no one size fits all approach.”
The pieces are also available to purchase at collectiveminds.com.au via an online silent auction running throughout the duration of the exhibition. All money raised will go directly to LIVIN, which will allow them to continue to expand their support network throughout the Gold Coast and Australia via their LIVINWell program.
Collective Minds – An Exhibition by LIVIN x Robina Town Centre will be open to the public from Thursday 12th September – Sunday 13th October near Mecca Maxima. Gold Coasters are also able to take part in LIVIN’s 45-minute mental health education program, LIVINWell, hosted at Event Cinemas, Robina on Wednesday 25th September. For more information, visit: collectiveminds.com.au
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