Central Grampians LLEN invited singer-songwriters and performers from the Coach Music Academy‘s Sing It Out program to tour the Grampians last month. The Sing It Out program promotes good mental health in youth through a combination of music and awareness of services like Beyondblue.
Performers from Sing It Out, Kye, Taylor Piggott, Allipha, Caitlin Dsouza and Jesse Dutlow, visited Ararat College, Stawell Secondary College, Marian College and Lake Bolac P-12 College on October 25 and 26.
Each singer performed and spoke to the young students about their personal mental health journey. They encouraged young people to share their stories with friends and to find a positive outlet like music during times of stress.
In addition to performing at the schools, the Sing It Out program also helped promote better mental health at a Beyondblue fundraising dinner, hosted by Central Grampians LLEN. Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Beyondblue focuses particularly on helping people who are experiencing anxiety or depression.
The fundraising dinner comprised of a three-course meal, accompanied by the skilled performances of the aforementioned singers. The music varied from delicate covers to upbeat originals. Each of the singers outlined their personal mental health journey and sang songs to reflect that.
A whopping total of $500.90 was raised, including a donation from Marian College. This will be donated to Beyondblue by Central Grampians LLEN. Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all of those who attended the dinner and generously donated, as well as the Sing It Out team for teaching us all a thing or two about the power of music.
Young people interested in well-being resources, such as local mental health services, can find more information on CGLLEN’s Well Being Resources page.