Masks and roses for World Mental Health Day

Unmasked saw black clad, masked figures carrying rose emerge from the water. Pictures: Jon Bassett.
Unmasked saw black clad, masked figures carrying rose emerge from the water. Pictures: Jon Bassett.

MASKED figures in black carrying roses emerged from the water for a World Mental Health Day event at North Cottesloe beach this morning.

The Unmasked mass-art event was staged by Perth charity Meeting for Minds.

“The mask is the stigma of having a mental illness and hiding from society, while the flowers are a sign of acceptance,” organising artist Andrew Baines said.

Meeting for Minds co-founder Susie Hincks was flanked by (left) St Hilda’s students Zoe Barker (17) and Felicity Palmer (17) at Unmasked at North Cottesloe beach this morning.

Events across Perth are marking the World Federation for Mental Health and World Health Organisation-supported day, which concentrates on suicide prevention this year.

Mosman Park Meeting for Minds co-founder Susie Hincks, who has schizophrenia, said the best thing someone who has concerns about their wellbeing  could do was to take that first step and talk to someone.

Established in 2014, Meeting for Minds aims to get mental health issue sufferers participating in research about the brain.

“They have a unique perspective,” Ms Hincks said.

Figures on the beach included Cottesloe Mayor Phil Angers, Cottesloe MLA David Honey and Curtin MHR Celia Hammond.

St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls students assisted Mr Baines.

“The more positive and open minded conversations we have surrounding mental health, the less stigma there is,” Year 12 student Felicity Palmer said.

“Please join us to keep these conversations going, reduce the stigma and shine a light on the importance of mental health.”