Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Mental Health Week to be launched with a laugh

    22/07/2015 9:00 AM
     
    • Comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre to increase mental health awareness
    • Ministers urge people to enjoy the lighter side of life and laughter for wellbeing

    A special comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre, starring well-known Australian stand-up comedian Joel Creasey, will kick off this year's Mental Health Week on Friday, October 2.

     

    An audience of more than 1,000 people is expected to attend a night of laughs and light entertainment, while also increasing community awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

     

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said part proceeds from the comedy night, which will also feature local comedian Andrew Horabin, would be reinvested back into community mental health. 

     

    "This event provides a great opportunity for the community to support a good cause, learn more about being mentally healthy, and importantly see the funny side of life," Mrs Morton said.

     

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the comedy night would be a wonderful way to open Mental Health Week 2015 highlighting the link between laughter and better mental health and wellbeing.

     

    "This event also demonstrates the importance of the arts and health sectors collaborating for important community benefit and increased public awareness," Mr Day said.

     

    This year, Mental Health Week in WA is using Mentally Healthy WA's Act-Belong-Commit message as its official theme.  Being active, having a sense of belonging and purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.

     

    Other events and activities planned for Mental Health Week will promote the Act-Belong-Commit key message and encourage people to take on activities that protect and enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

     

    Tickets to the event, called Stand up! for Comedy, at His Majesty's Theatre on Friday, October 2 at 7.30pm are on sale now through Ticketek.

     

    Fact File

    • Mental Health Week runs October 2-10, 2015
    • Proceeds from the event will go to local charity, the WA Association for Mental Health to reinvest back into community mental health
    • The event is supported by Perth Theatre Trust and WA Association for Mental Health
    • To buy tickets, visit http://www.ticketek.com.au or phone 1300 795 012
    • For more events and information, visit http://mhw.waamh.org.au/

    Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900