Musical flavour for Karratha R U OK Day

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
headspace community development worker Diana Juskov and clinical lead Laura Shepherd (left and right) with musicians Navisha Shukla, 13 and Hayley Thompson, 14.
Camera Iconheadspace community development worker Diana Juskov and clinical lead Laura Shepherd (left and right) with musicians Navisha Shukla, 13 and Hayley Thompson, 14. Credit: Shannon Beattie/Shannon Beattie

In a first for Karratha, young people between 12 and 25 years gathered at Karratha Leisureplex and used music as the way to start a very important conversation.

Headspace Pilbara’s Youth Advisory Group organised the R U OK Day Acoustic Afternoon, making it the first time an event on that day had been organised in Karratha by young people for young people.

More than 10 musicians, ranging from a clarinetist to a bass player and solo singers, took to the stage, many of them for the first time.

Headspace community development worker Diana Juskov said the YAG wanted to raise awareness with young people who simply asking “R U OK?” can lead to positive mental health outcomes.

“It’s a cause close to their hearts because they want to decrease the stigma around mental health,” she said.

“They thought it would be a great way of starting a conversation which a lot of people their age find really hard to start.”

The YAG decided to marry music with R U OK Day because of the great youth talent in Karratha.

“Every time we talk to young people and ask them how they relax, they always say music is the number one thing,” Ms Juskov said.

“The notes can make you cry more, smile more, be happy and when you do it with a group it just lifts the vibe.”

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