FLOREAT resident Alexander Circosta (28) was named 2017 WA Act-Belong-Commit Award winner for his teaching program ‘Only the Human’ at World Mental Health Day celebrations in Forrest Place, Perth today.
“I see improvised comedy as much more than performance art, it’s a means for community engagement and social change to improve mental wellbeing” Mr Circosta said.
The program allows people to try improvised comedy without pressure of performing at a comedy venue, and was established in addition to Mr Circosta’s volunteer work at a Vinnies shop and as a co-ordinator of a choir at his church.
“My focus is on creating opportunities for individuals to enhance their own wellbeing in a supportive and engaging way,” he said.
Act-Belong-Commit asks people to get involved in the community to stay mentally healthy.
“Alexander enthusiastically represents the Act Belong Commit values and actively promotes them within all aspects of his life” Mentally Healthy WA representative Sarah Graham said.
More information is at actbelongcommit.org.au.