The Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) with their production Mind Made Me recently delivered a powerful performance at the 20th International Mental Health Conference convened by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
BYT members and director Lisa Apostolides went to the event held at the Gold Coast RACV Royal Pacific Pines resort.
The conference covered a broad spectrum of mental health issues providing a platform for an array of organisations and individuals to meet, share, discuss and learn about how we need to and can make a difference to our well being.
Cast member Aiyana Wall said it was incredible performing to about five hundred people. ‘I love being part of something so important sharing a youth perspective on these issues,’ she said at ther group’s 8.30am performance.
Keynote speaker Ms Susan Anderson, Deputy CEO, Beyond Blue was said she was inspired and touched by the performance. ‘Sharing their own lived experience really brought it to life,’ she said. ‘It resonated so well and the way they told it, we all connected. Listen to it, tune in, I thought it was brilliant.’
Mind Made Me was originally created back in 2013 , funded by Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW. It toured schools for two consecutive years and has been a highlight at the Richmond Valley Mental Health Month event many times.
For more information about Byron Youth Theatre visit their website.