Attention Radelaidians: You’re not mad if you hear voices...
In fact there’s going to be a day celebrated in honour of you, and everyone who struggles with a different interpretation of reality. World Hearing Voices Day is on September 14th and will be celebrated in Adelaide at the Many Voices Festival. The day aims to raise awareness about mental health, with a particular focus on people who hear voices. This is often labeled as psychosis, but World Hearing Voices Day aims to explore this further, and help people to have a more compassionate approach and diverse understanding of other people’s life and reality.
The free event will be held at Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga Centre, and will be celebrating those who have a different experience and interpretation of their lives, including hearing voices, and still live and work in our community — despite the stigma often attached to mental health.
The day will include two screenings of the award-winning documentary ‘Healing Voices’, as well as an open-mic storytelling session for community members. There will be a number of different performances, including ‘Voices of Tali,’ a show that was very popular at this years’ Adelaide Fringe Festival. Art exhibitions, dance performances, free food and drink will also be available for enjoyment. Raffle tickets will be on sale with a number of prizes up for grabs from local artists and community businesses.
The festival is being hosted by Community Health Onkaparinga and is sponsored by Country Arts SA. The Hearing Voices Day event has been organised by members of the Healing Voices Christies Beach Collective, who work within various mental health settings across Adelaide and are passionate about changing the conversation that surrounds their work and the people they care for.
Unique in it’s focus, the Many Voices Festival is sure to be an interesting eye-opener for all those who attend. It is about embracing what may not seem ‘normal’ but is in fact a day-to-day reality for many people. So if a little voice in your head is telling you to go along and celebrate a day that supports mental health... we suggest you do it!