Sing It Out performers address mental health through music in the Grampians.
Central Grampians LLEN has invited the Coach Music Academy Sing It Out program to the Grampians to visit schools in our region and promote good mental health through the power of music.
Singers, Kye, Taylor Piggott, Allipha, Caitlin Dsouza and Jesse Dutlow visited Ararat College and Stawell Secondary College on October 25, and are scheduled to visit Lake Bolac College and Marian College October 26.
The program and performances encouraged young people to identify their emotions in a variety of situations and to find a safe and healthy outlet, like music, to help them process those experiences.
Each of the performers discussed their personal struggles with mental health and how music helped them process and express their experiences. A mix of covers and original songs, alongside relaying personal experiences, proved to be an effective method the convey to the students that dealing with anxiety and depression is more common than most might think, and that finding support is a valuable resource.
Students were encouraged to get involved during the program by competing in an air-guitar competition as well as dancing and singing as a group. The students were also encouraged to support their peers and in turn create their own effective support network that can last beyond the day’s program.
The Music Academy proudly supports Beyond Blue, a support service for people that experience anxiety or depression and provided the young people of the Grampians with Beyond Blue resources. As a part of their tour, the Sing It Out performers will entertain a dinner crowd at the Magdala Motor Lodge in Stawell on October 25. All money raised from the night will be donated to Beyond Blue services.