Behind the Smile 2019, is an event not to be missed!
September 28, 2019 at Dee Why RSL Club, 6:30pm – 12 midnight
The media has done a pretty good job of raising awareness of mental illness, however equity of funding is not on par with that of physical health and there is a lack of treatment options. All funds raised will be going to the not-for-profit, grassroots organisation Australians for Mental Health. You can read more about them here
One in five Australians aged 16-85 suffer from mental ill health in any one year. Mental illness is the 3rd highest cause of disability in our country, and the rate of death by suicide is almost 3 times the road toll.
The people sharing their experience of mental illness at this years’ event are:
Kathy Kelly – is an Inspirational Speaker.
“Resilience, Driving Social Change, Making a Difference & Suicide – the unspoken.”
Kathy received that “phone call” every parent dreads at 10:25pm on a Saturday night. Kathy is mum to Thomas and Stuart Kelly, and her daughter, Madeleine.
Tragedy struck the Kelly household when in July 2012 on his first night out, Thomas was killed after an unprovoked and fatal attack at Sydney’s Kings Cross. Four years later their younger son, Stuart, took his own life. Both boys were 18 years old.
Neither should have died. Why do bad things happen to good people?
Dazed and raw from having to turn off Thomas’ life support, Kathy and Ralph Kelly were the epitome of courage in their quest for change to make the community safer for all of us.
They gathered community support to make significant amendments to the judicial system, to liquor licensing laws, the implementation of the Take Kare Safe Space (a preventative program aimed at getting young people home safely from a night out), a victims’ financial hardship program as well as community education.
On losing their second son, Stuart (July 2016), the family are now focussed on developing leading programs to reduce teenage suicide.
Andrew House, 56, an addict in long term recovery for 34 years, says the criminalisation of drugs compared to the widely used drug alcohol was hypocritical, harmful, confusing and ineffective. He says his active addiction was a living hell, using discarded syringes he found in the street, using any drug available, doing anything to get the next drug and treating himself with contempt. There wasn’t much hope when you are existing only for the next drug. Homeless, destitute and fearing he was losing his mind he sought help from others who had found a way out and discovered the hope and understanding he was looking for. The life he is living today was beyond his comprehension in those early days. Andrew is now an Alcohol and Other Drug Clinician with The Royal Flying Doctor Service based in Broken Hill.
There will be auctions, raffles and dancing with amazing covers band Rock Solid.
Tickets cost $120 per person or $1000.00 for a table of 10 – includes a 2-course dinner, drinks, speakers and entertainment!
Book today as tickets will be limited!