Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre is hosting ‘Regener8’, a free Halloween dance and games festival promoting youth services in the Illawarra on Friday 8th November from 5-8pm. This youth directed event is open to all youth from ages 12-24.
The festival allows youth to discover services that can help them in the Illawarra, particularly mental health services. The information available will relate to all areas of health. However, unlike a standard expo, this information will be provided through a Halloween festival, directed by youth ideas. Creative food, music, and dress will pay homage to the Halloween theme. The decorations will be created by local youth. Plus, various games and activities will run throughout the night, including prizes to be won.
76% of people who experience mental illness will develop a disorder before the age of 25 (Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), 2004). However, only 23% of young people with a mental illness access mental health services (ABS, 2007). The festival aims to address this vital need, as early intervention best prevents the social effects of mental illness from being entrenched (DoHA), 2004). Furthermore, suicide accounts for 22% of deaths from all causes for young people (ABS, 2007).
Regener8 projects have historically created awareness for social issues affecting youth through creative initiatives. They celebrate youth talent and evolve from youth ideas. This year is no exception, and is the first year the project comes to life through Halloween.