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Exhibition uses arts to help community members affected by mental health

Published: 15 Oct 2018

Serco Australia is proudly partnering with Friends of Rockingham Arts Centre (FoRAC) to sponsor a community art exhibition, Out of the Blue.
 
The sponsorship is part of a $10,000 Community Grants program from Serco’s team at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) to support local health and wellbeing in Perth’s southern regions.

The exhibition opened last week, and as part of Mental Health Week, is showcasing a magical underwater scene of ocean life with all artwork created by people in the local Rockingham community who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness. 


 
Bec Thomas, FoRAC chair, said the exhibition was created to show those affected by mental illness that they are not alone. “More than four million Australians suffer from a major or long-term health condition. If you factor in those who offer care or support, more than half of our population are affected,” Ms Thomas said.
 
Serco Contract Director, Roz Hanson, said the team at Serco Fiona Stanley Hospital were proud to have been able to offer support to such an important project. “Mental health affects many of us, yet there is often a stigma around the issue. Projects like Out of the Blue create a grassroots network of support that can make such a difference to people’s lives,” she said.
 
Visit www.forac.org.au for more information.
 

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Top: Roz Hanson with Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels at the opening of the Out of the Blue exhibition. Above: Roz Hanson with FoRAC Chair Bec Thomas

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