Awareness woveninto dream catchers

Emily SharpSound Telegraph
Tahlia Leslie, 15, Lateisha Pettitt, 12, and Shundae Gill, 15, with a few of the dreamcatchers that will be on display for Mental Health Week.
Camera IconTahlia Leslie, 15, Lateisha Pettitt, 12, and Shundae Gill, 15, with a few of the dreamcatchers that will be on display for Mental Health Week. Credit: Emily Sharp

Colourful and unique dream catchers created by the people of Rockingham are on display this week to bring awareness and exposure to Mental Health Week.

The project was organised by headspace Rockingham and the dream catchers will be hung from trees outside the centre throughout this week.

Jeremy Tucker, a headspace Rockingham community awareness worker, said Mental Health Week was for everyone and signified a time to stop and think about how you’re going.

“The young people were encouraged to add messages of how they act-belong-commit and what mental health means to them and weave that into their dream catchers,” he said.

“It’s gone viral and has been a really positive experience for everyone who has participated.”

Over the past couple of months community groups and organisations have been busy making dream catchers for the outdoor exhibition.

Groups were encouraged to make the dream catchers of their own and a number of workshops were run by headspace Rockingham in the lead-up with more than 20 created for the exhibition.

This year the Act-Belong-Commit message, with a focus on suicide prevention, is the official theme for Mental Health Week, which is celebrated nationally from October 8 to 15.

“I think Mental Health Week is a great time to celebrate all the awesome services that are around and really see what’s in your area and what’s happening,” Mr Tucker said.

“It’s about getting that awareness; it’s definitely for all ages, mental health has no age limit or bounds.”

Both the City of Rockingham and Kwinana are also hosting Mental Health Week events including yoga, tai chi and workshops.

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