Innovation of mental health & wellness education
We are creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.
About Mind Blank
Mind Blank is a not-for-profit organisation that generates awareness and innovative education of mental health topics in youth across Australia.
Why Mental Health?
Mental illness is thought to be an underlying factor in about 90% of all youth suicides, which is the leading cause of youth death in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated between 2004-2006 there was an average of 266 deaths per year attributed to suicide among people aged 15-24 years, accounting for 20% of deaths in this age group. One of the defining factors for better mental health outcomes for youth is to encourage them to seek help early. The stigma of mental illness held by young people and a lack of awareness can both be barriers to early intervention. Our communities need to look at taking a different approach when educating and engaging young people around topics of youth mental health. We need to take responsibility and educate ourselves and our young people to be more aware of mental health issues, seek help early and continue to reduce the numbers of young people that die by suicide! Mind Blank helps produce a more creative outlet as a solution to this problem.
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Mind Blank is recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness & education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.
We Aim To:
Roll Mind Blank programs out Australia wide. We will start by focusing on self-sustaining the model in the NSW state commencing with the areas highlighted in our upcoming events.
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To Date Mind Blank has hosted over 100 programs to over 20,000 young people across Australia.
Want to know more about what we have to offer? Please click on the appropriate link:
Mind Blank for Schools https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-for-schools
Partnerships and Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/partnerships-and-collaborations
Cultural Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-cultural-collaborations
Leadership Conferences and Youth Mental Health Forums https://www.mindblank.org.au/leadership-conferences-and-youth-mental-health-forums
Transitioning to the Work Place https://www.mindblank.org.au/transition-to-work
Speaking Opportunities https://www.mindblank.org.au/speaking-opportunities
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Bunnings BBQ GUNGAHLIN
22 Apr 2017 Bunnings BBQ GUNGAHLIN
Grab some snags at Gungahlin ACT Bunnings to help the work of Mind Blank! See you there!
Mind Blank NT Tour
20 Mar 2017 Mind Blank NT Tour
Mind Blank is working together with TEAMhealth to bring a two week tour to the Northern Territory. We will be providing mental health education programs to schools and youth groups across the following areas: Darwin, Palmerston, Batchelor, Nauiyu, Gunbalanya, and Beluyen.
Joining with the TEAMhealth youth specific programs: Youth Suicide Prevention and Education and Child and Family Wellbing Service, we can provide culturally appropriate and engaging mental health activities to many youth across the top end of Australia.
Our team will be on tour from 20.03.2017-31.03.2017. Watch this space for more updates from our tour!
Find out more information about our event partners here: http://www.teamhealth.asn.au/
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Bunnings BBQ Rockdale
19 Mar 2017 Bunnings BBQ Rockdale
Roll down to Rockdale Bunnings for Mind Blank BBQ 2.0! Get some snags and cold drinks to support our work advocating for youth mental health.
Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Penrith
11 Mar 2017 Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Penrith
Come down to Officeworks Penrith for a sausage sizzle! Let's raise some funds to continue educating students about mental health issues!
Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders
06 Mar 2017 Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders
At Mind Blank we know that recognising an eating disorder can be tricky, as each individual approaches food differently. Eating disorders can take many forms and are characterized by disturbed eating or eating-related behaviours that lead to changes in the person's food consumption to a degree that is harmful to their health and well-being.
It’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and the numbers of young people with an eating disorder have doubled within the last ten years.
Eating disorders are more common than most people think. About one in 20 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate in the Australian population is increasing.
A Personal Story
“There is no magic cure for anorexia. There is no guarantee that it will ever be completely gone. But for now, belonging with myself, is getting easier each day that passes. Acceptance, support, understanding and love have helped me rediscover who I am again. Fighting my instincts and recovering is a battle in itself: but everywhere is better than living in a world that is ultimately is trying to convince you to slowly kill yourself.
"Recovery is a difficult process: it’s hard to keep yourself from saying, "If you have never been in the depths of hell, do not even think you can understand what it means which I say 'I want to eat but I can’t.' " But now, tiny everyday miracles occur in my life. There are small steps forward, an unexpected smile of acceptance, and a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore."
Katy 16, NSW
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Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Belconnon
05 Mar 2017 Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Belconnon
On the 5th of March, head down to Officeworks in Belconnon ACT to grab some stationary, a sausage and support the work of Mindblank in advocating youth mental health!
Mind Blank goes to Canberra College
01 Mar 2017 Mind Blank goes to Canberra College
On the 1st of March, Mind Blank is heading to our nation's capital to do two performances at Canberra College! See you there!
Canberra College ACT
19 Feb 2017 Canberra College ACT
Some of our testimonials
As a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth populations, it is my opinion that the Mind Blank theatre forum topics have the potential to open up informed discussions around youth mental health issues in a way that is meaningful, engaging and real for the young people involved, and these are vital ingredients for working effectively with young people.
Youth Mental Health Psychologist
I was introduced to Mind Blank via a performance at Wollongong University. They performed to a student group of about 300 high school students. You could hear a pin drop- they had everyone’s attention, (including my own) in the palm of their hands. It truly was the highlight of the action packed day. In my 13 years as a PDHPE teacher, I have never seen mental health be brought the forefront with such enjoyment, fun and interaction. Their ability to engage students into this taboo topic is brilliant and the ability to keep the conversation going-that is the successful component of Mindblank. I can’t recommend this enough. Students will love it, teachers will appreciate the unique approach it takes to mental health and everyone will benefit from this much needed creative production.
Lake Illawarra Careers Advisor
I thank you for inspiring to face the demons of my past… I consider myself to be a survivor of the battlefield of depression and victor, I look back on things passed and realize I have changed for the better and have come so far and syllable have a long way to go…. Thank you… I’m truly truly grateful to have witnessed Mind Blank at our school”
Raising the awareness of positive life decisions when faced with mental health issues. This has been achieved by not lecturing but allowing students to make these powerful decisions themselves through interactive theatre arming them with the skills and knowledge to know when to seek help.
I quote from Warrawong High school principal Jenny Flowers “It was great! Some of our most challenging year 12 students stopped me in the playground and thanked me for bringing Mind Bank to the school, we all learned so much.
Team Leader Student Employment Advisor (Workplace Learning Illawarra)
Tackling youth mental health issues in our community is an ever increasing concern among parents, teachers, and the broader community, largely due to rising rates of bullying, depression, youth suicide and the growing demand on support services such as Headspace.
As a former PDHPE teacher, I understand the critical importance of education to the understanding and addressing of mental health issues in young people, as well as how difficult this can be.
Mind Blank’s programs give young people an in-depth understanding of not only symptoms of mental health issues, but also strategies to positively seek help and prevent harm. As teachers working closely with students on these issues, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Mind Blanks work and I encourage you to come along and see how the Scuba Initiative may benefit your students.
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Linda Q Chen
Linda Q Chen
Linda is a Canberra-based performer currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce at the Australian National University, majoring in English (Drama/Creative Writing focus) and Finance. She has appeared in a smattering of local projects across various mediums, including in ‘August: Osage County’ (2014) with Free Rain Theatre, ‘In Loco Parentis’ (2013) at The Street Theatre, and most recently the short film ‘Sojourn to South Lake’ (due for 2016 release). She also works as an actor/storyteller for AussieWriters’ monthly ‘Tales After Dark: Storytelling for Grown-Ups’ events and dabbles in various forms of writing ranging from memoir to poetry and more recently, works intended for stage and screen.
Eesha is an energetic and unique Canberra based actress/musician with over
ten years experience in both singing and acting. Eesha is a
singer/songwriter currently performing around ACT. Eesha also has extensive
experience in the field of acting which include; television, film and
Sam Moynihan is a Canberra based actor and theatre director with a particular interest in creating works with and for young people. He has worked with a variety of local companies and has studied theatre at the ANU. He runs his own blog detailing his experiences living with MS and appears at various events to support young people with chronic illnesses. Sam is a firm believer in the power of art to transform and inspire; values that align themselves well with forum theatre. Upon completing a psychology degree, he hopes to expand his interests in this area and further his passion for creating social dialogues and assisting young people to navigate life.
Valerie Wilson RSCN RN BEd St. MN (Research) PhD (Monash)
Val is the Director of Nursing Research & Practice Development at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Professor of Nursing Research & Practice Development at the University of Technology Sydney. Val’s areas of interest are in family centred care, developing person-centred cultures, the use of evidence to inform practice, engaging clinical staff in action orientated research and improvement work, knowledge translation and systematic evaluation. This encompasses the development and ongoing support of effective workplaces, teams and leaders. The evaluation of this work, together with a number of local, state and International projects form the basis of her research work. Val holds honorary and visiting professor positions at University of Sydney (School of Psychology), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies) and Ulster University (Faculty of Life and Health Sciences). The results of her research and practice development work have been published in over 50 peer reviewed journals, book chapters and professional reports and presented at over 100 conferences, workshops and Master classes.
Toby Davis is a young performer based in Brisbane, who graduated in 2009 from the University of Wollongong’s Creative Arts Degree majoring in Performance. Passionate about acting and performance from a young age, he has continually been involved in workshops and community projects. He has studied the Suzuki Method of actor training, and has always had a passion for physical theatre. Combining his enjoyment of performance and community projects has led to his work with Mind Blank, which he is hoping to help grow and develop over the coming years. Three years of active impact with the team and he is still passionate about the working in our team.
Matt Stewart spent over 20 years as a professional theatre practitioner and was the General Manager of Darlinghurst Theatre Company which he co-founded in 1992. He was also a founding member and regular performer of Milk Crate Theatre for the homeless, where he fulfilled the role of facilitator/joker. While with Milk Crate, he successfully adapted the forum style of theatre for Access Week 2004 and for youth at risk in Campbelltown area. It is this forum style that Matt applies to Mind Blank, aligning his experience and skill with the vision of the organisation
Role: Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Ally Kelly is the CEO of Mind Blank. She started the foundation of Mind Blank at 22 years of age in 2011.
For several years Ally has been asked to be part of the following health panels: Community Consultation Committee for the Grand Pacific and Medicare Local and Wesley Life Force National Suicide Prevention Panels.
She believes that early prevention offers the greatest hope for intervention recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating.
Her impact has received both National and International recognition.
Some sample community clients she has worked with include: University of Sydney, Schizophrenia Foundation, Mental Health Professionals Network, Australian Psychological Society, Youth Off the Streets, Navitas English, Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), the Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS), Wesley Life Force Suicide Prevention Networks, TEAMhealth and NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
Ally is available for speaking opportunities. Her key note message addresses the topic of living with passion and sharing stories from the Mind Blank journey.
Her appearance at your conference/event will be highly engaging and inspirational. Ally is a huge mental health advocate and her energy is contagious.
Topics that she can speak on are:
Leading with mindfulness
Creative career progression
Living your passion
Building a grassroots charity
Managing with a people first focus
Following your true purpose
For more information enquire through firstname.lastname@example.org or 0468912399
Adam is a believer in Toffler’s quote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
He says, “When it comes to improving the future for the disadvantaged, we need to stop and reconcile what we know and readily accept there will always be new information that we can conceptualise and implement into new strategies for the long term safety of our children”.
With a background in senior management and key leadership roles with the Australian Newsagents’ Federation, CROSSMARK Australia, United Petroleum; 7 Eleven; Yum Brands / QSR and Target, Adam enjoys liaison roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Institute of Criminology as part of his current role as Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Newsagents’ Federation.
Adam is the Chairman of MindBlank Ltd and is committed to achieving social justice within the community.
Possessing masters level qualifications and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Adam feels he can contribute to the overall success of MindBlank assisting in implementing strategic goals and further increasing governance procedures within the organisation.
Senior Project Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Former advocate Western Sydney Suicide Prevention and Support Network: Raising public awareness of services to assist suicide prevention providing a voice for those affected by suicide supporting bereaved families
Isha has over 18 years of business management experience. She built and sold her first company, a significant achievement in a collapsing economy, and migrated from Zimbabwe to Australia with her family in 2003.
In Australia, she formed a new company where she consults with SME leaders & their management teams, supporting their businesses to grow their people and their company by creating businesses that put people before profit. As a Director of the MindBlank Board, Isha is committed to educating people so they can understand how to empower themselves to manage their own mental health.
Isha is passionate about education, as she believes awareness is the key to personal freedom. Everyone has mental health, only some people experience mental illness, yet many suffer in silence because they do not understand how to manage their own mental wellbeing.
Role: Board Secretary and Creative Team Admin Support Contact
Janine Schramm lost her son to suicide in 2008 and since then has voluntarily worked tirelessly in the mental health sector. Janine was a founding member of the Western Sydney Suicide Prevention and Support Network based in Penrith, where she held the position of secretary for a number of years.
Janine has help establish two Suicide Bereavement support groups in the Western Sydney area; one in Penrith and the other in Richmond.
Role: Board Member
Kelly is passionate about health promotion and has formal qualifications in Public Health and Evaluation. She has previously worked in mental health promotion, implementing programs under the Queensland Suicide Prevention strategy and Gold Coast Early Years strategy.
Role: Board Member
Ruby is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) at the University of Sydney. Improving the mental health and well-being of young people is of up-most importance and Ruby aspires to use her own skills to improve support services and encourage help-seeking behaviour within our community.
In January 2015 Ruby completed a Research Assistant Internship at the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. During this time she became the coordinator of the 2015 AHSRI Seminar Series, and the Health Services and Research Development short course Program. She is now passionate about applying her skills to help Mind Blank with their strategic planning.
Role: Director of Website Projects
Jacinta is Director of Website Projects for Internetrix, a digital agency with offices in Wollongong and China. She is a highly adapt designer with over 10 years experience directing a cross-functional team made of creative and technical experts put in place to create and to implement winning online platforms.
Her work allows for the mastery of skills such as inspiration and direction as well as developing complex brand strategies - leading and inspiring her team to deliver projects through all stages of production.
Jacinta has worked with a vast gamut of clients in the State and Federal Government sectors as well as SME markets covering all aspects of interactive design, UX, brand identity design, print collateral and AGILE and SCRUM project management techniques.
Jacinta is excited to be sharing her knowledge to support Mind Blank as the new Director of Website Projects.
Role: Creative Team
Lara is a Sydney based actor and performance maker. She is a founding member of Little Spoon Theatre Co. and with them has performed in "Where's My Money", "Tiger Country", and "Stitching", and last year produced the sell out season of "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea".
Over the last ten years she has performed with New Theatre, The Street Theatre, ABitOnTheSide, Stage Debris, and has devised and developed work with Lace Balloon, Earthcrosser Company, Elbow Theatre, Stage Juice, and paperweight productions. She has studied various techniques in Sydney, New York, and Glasgow. She's involved with Ninefold, an ensemble who train together in the Suzuki Method, and will be performing Antigone with them in 2016. Last year she was involved in several independent short films, and appeared in an episode of the new hit web series "Starting from... now!".
Lara works as a professional roleplayer with several organisations, is studying her Masters of Applied Linguistics, and has just taken up netball after an 18 year hiatus. Lara has been part of the MindBlank Creatives since early 2014.
Role: Creative Team
Neisha is a young and vibrant physical theatre and circus entertainer whose performance style blends a unique mix of physical performance and character hilarity. She enjoys the genuineness of performance and endeavours to make her work entertaining, fun and completely unforgettable! She is as comfortable high in sky hanging people from her neck as she is balancing on one foot and juggling knives! Neisha’s other physical skills include juggling a range of objects, spanish web, slack rope, MCing, comedy and she performs dare devil stunts like the neck hang of destruction and playing her ukulele upside down in a tank full of water!
Neisha graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Theatre and Media) in Australia and holds a Diploma of Circus Arts from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand. She has worked for many companies and festivals such as The Hoopla Festival in Darling Harbour in Sydney, The Flying Kiwi Circus, Circus Aotearoa and the Kidsfest Festival in New Zealand, Merrigong Theatre Company, Circus Monoxide, Viva la gong festival, Half-High Circus and Circus Wow in Wollongong, Arts Projects Australia in Adelaide, The West Australian Ballet, The Tasmanian Circus Festival, Free Associations production of The Nutcracker, and The Circus Proms series with New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She was featured in the New Zealand Geographic magazine, on an episode of New Zealand’s hippest show Pacific Beat Street and performed for over 30,000 people in Christchurch’s annual Santa Parade.
Charlotte 'Charlie' Truscott
Charlotte 'Charlie' Truscott
Role: Creative Team
Charlotte Truscott, or more better known as ‘Charlie’, is one of the most adaptable children’s circus professionals on the scene. From touring, creating work and running her own school she is continuously creating ways to give the circus experience to just about anyone she can. For over 15 years Charlie’s worked with children and adults of all abilities and skill level.
In 2009 she ran away from university and joined Circus Monoxide, and it was here her circus life really began. Here she worked as a circus performer, rigger, assistant to the artistic director, stage manager, outreach coordinator and head circus trainer.
Charlie graduated from Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre California in 2014. Here she studied under the world renowned clown and master trainer Ronlin Foreman. Specialising in clowning, commedia, voice, ensemble performance, acrobatics and mask making. Dell Arte is unlike any other institution, it focuses on ‘being’ rather then ‘teaching’ techniques.
Charlie has performed for other companies such as; Sydney Children’s Festival, Sydney Fringe, Park Life, Sydney Festival, Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney Easter Show, Viva la Gong, Merringong Theatre Co, to name a few.
When she isn’t busy touring, Charlie is the Director of ‘Burgh Circus’ in Helensburgh NSW. She has created her own circus school where she teaches classes and creates performance opportunities for students and creates shows to cast other professional circus artists.
Luke comes from a theatre and performance background, with a BPerf from AADA and years of experience in independent thetare both on and offstage. As an actor he has appeared in roles with Rocksurfers, Sydney Chamber Opera and Left Bauer Productions to name a few, as well as being a part of numerous indie and original works.
In 2013 he founded Brave New Word theatre company, where he acts as Artistic Director. The company is dedicated to the development and production of original Australian plays, and has staged five works so far, with Luke acting as writer, producer and director for various productions over that time.
Working with Mind Blank offers a unique experience for Luke, allowing him to develop his theatre skills for a younger audience, while practicing and playing with the 'forum theatre' style of performance in a subject as important as mental health.
Mind Blank is a health promotion charity, ABN 18 168 485 176, working along side service providers and local health districts.
We are registered as being a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Charities Commission.
There are many ways you can help Mind Blank. Some ideas include in-kind support offers, monthly sponsorship packages, organising a fundraiser or even one off donations. We welcome your ideas and support to continue our growth and professionalization.
Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction.
For all general enquires
Key information you need to know prior to booking a Mind Blank Performance:
- Mind Blank is Sydney and Canberra (ACT) based, therefore
- Performances booked outside of the Sydney/Canberra CBD, rural areas or interstate, travel costs are to be expected.
- Performance costs: Package deals available if booking more than one performance on the same day.
- Our performances are 1hr in duration
- Max audience size 200
Please note: during all performances we recommend that microphones are provided to the cast. A venue with a speaker is sufficient to plug microphones into, this can in turn increase the quality of our product delivery.
For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance call on 0468 912 399
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For general enquires
contact us on 0468 912 399.
For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance go to: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings
- Mind Blank is a health promotion charity and we are not a Mental Health service provider. If you need immediate help or information on existing services please go to http://www.mindblank.org.au/helpinfo/
- Volunteering for Mind Blank: all current volunteering roles will be advertised though http://www.mindblank.org.au/whats-happening. There are two ongoing positions that we are always searching for (information below), if either type of volunteering involvement interests you please enquire within.
- Our marketing team is always looking for assisting with generating more content for our website and social media blogs.
- Fundraisers are needed to help at fundraising events such as market stalls, high teas, recruitment drives, quiz nights, auctions and sausage sizzles. The best part is YOU CHOOSE what when and how you would like to fundraise for us!