‘Let’s Face It’ was the theme of a special FoRAC (Friends of Rockingham Arts Centre) community project to put mental illness in the spotlight during Mental Health Week in October 2016.
The creation of ceramic masks and an anthology of personal stories by people living with mental illness aimed to send a message of hope and support, raise community awareness, address misconceptions and encourage understanding about mental illness.
Funding from Healthway and the City of Rockingham got the project off the ground and the community embraced the concept, with people of all ages taking part in a series of workshops to create their masks. Authors Claire Boston and Teena Raffa-Mulligan worked with eight people who were courageous enough to share their journeys and how they have come to manage their illness on a daily basis. The anthology was published by Karen McDermott of Serenity Press and the book is a testament to the contributors’ will to survive and make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Their determination and strength shines through in all of their stories.