Every year, a committee of members from NGOs under the Mental Health Coalition of SA coordinates South Australia’s largest Mental Health Week event, the Festival of Now.
Festival of Now brings the mental health community together to showcase creativity used in the healing journey and break down misconceptions around mental illness. It is a celebration of community, wellbeing, and mental health.
The Festival provides a vibrant, positive, welcoming, and safe environment for people from all walks of life to connect with community mental health supports, while promoting a wider understanding of mental illness and its prevention.
Attractions at the festival include live music and performance, free food, arts and crafts, games, workshops, animals, face painting, a sensory chill-out zone, NGO information stalls and much more.
All artists who take to the main stage have a lived experience of mental illness and Peer Support Workers host a sharing circle promoting the significant work they undertake in the sector, allowing everyone to talk openly about their mental health.
The Festival of Now is a positive event that not only brings all facets of the sector together, but gives them a time to cheer each other along as they continue to create a wider understanding of mental health in the community.
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