LOGAN youth showed off their creative talents while raising awareness of addiction and mental health concerns at the Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival at the Logan Entertainment Centre.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services and Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick congratulated the local community and schools for getting behind the event, organised by Metro South Hospital and Health Service.
"This year, the take-home message from the festival is all about the three Cs - creativity, connection and having a chat,” he said.
"Many challenges face our youth, and finding a creative outlet can often have a positive impact on their lives.
"Good community connections - often through a shared experience such as playing music - can reduce the likelihood of isolation and engaging in risk-taking behaviour.
"Encouraging youth to check in on their friends and chat is a simple action. But it may lead to a young person who needs help for mental health ill-health or drug misuse seeking that help.”
Now in its second year, the Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival this year was bigger and better than ever with the festival expanded to include dance and media categories.
Mr Dick said it was important to address the stigma associated with mental illness.
"The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about how to achieve and maintain good mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness,” he said.
"From Savage Garden to Dami Im, Logan develops phenomenal talent, and we have a responsibility to ensure the youth of today have the tools they need to be resilient and face tomorrow's challenges.”
The Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival offers young people on Brisbane's southside as well as Logan and Redlands the chance to compete in five arts categories - music, drama, dance, media and visual arts.
QUT, headspace and Logan Together are also supporting the festival.
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