Rugby Star, Girl Guide and Refugee Artist Speak Out About Mental Health

Media Release

NSW CAG is pleased to announce three of its guest speakers at the 2014 Recovery Forum in Ashfield: NRL star Wayne Wigham, Girl Guide leader Sarah Robinson, and founder of the Refugee Art Project Safdar Ahmed.

The Recovery Forum is a state-wide annual forum for people with a lived experience of mental illness.

This year’s Forum will be held in Ashfield Town Hall on Thursday 4 September. 

Its theme is ‘Whole of Health’, which looks at how other dimensions of health (physical, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental) influence a person’s mental health.

“Mental health affects people from all walks of life,” says NSW CAG CEO Peri O’Shea. “The panel that we have this year reflects that diversity of experience.”

Wayne is an NRL legend and mental health advocate. He is passionate about raising awareness about depression and the effect of physical health on mental health. To read more about his story, click here.

Sarah comes from Tamworth, in rural NSW, but moved to Sydney for university in January this year. Along with a friend, she recently helped form a Girl Guides group in the Hills area. For the past four years she has experienced anxiety and depression. She says that it has its ups and its downs but is part of what makes her who she is. Safdar is an artist and academic and one of the founders of the Refugee Art Project. This organisation provides art lessons to detained asylum seekers. He is interested in how art and community impacts on a person’s mental health. More info here.

All three speakers are available for interview before and on the day of the event.

Media contact: 9332 0200

Download the media release here.

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