A HIP Hop concert will be held on Friday night to give those youth struggling with mental health issues a voice.
Rockingham residents Ronel Dalais and Rae Cottam have organised the event after learning of the recent and alarming increase of suicide rates in the region.
They said the ‘SHOUT’ concert is to raise awareness on mental health and suicide prevention.
It is also about giving young people a sense of being valued and heard.
“It’s [the concert] something kids of our community have wanted for decades – a voice,” said Ms Dalais.
“Hopefully after Friday the kids will walk away knowing they were part of something where their voices were heard.”
“Through the hip hop we will share stories and hopefully save lives.”
“It’s a mental health week event that promotes coming together to start the conversation around what’s really happening in our community and how we can support each other to create a hopeful platform for our young people,” said Ms Cottam.
“It is a free event but there will be the opportunity to make a gold coin donation which will be donated to a local family that recently lost their son to suicide.”
WHAT: SHOUT Hip Hop Concert
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 6pm to 10.30pm
WHERE: The Sporting Globe, Cnr Syren Street and Contest Parade, Rockingham.