Innovation of mental health & wellness education
We are creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.
About Mind Blank
Mind Blank is a not-for-profit organisation that generates awareness and innovative education of mental health topics in youth across Australia.
What to know more? Check out our latest Annual Report Mind-Blank-Annual-Report-2015-16.pdf
Why Mental Health?
Mental illness is thought to be an underlying factor in about 90% of all youth suicides, which is the leading cause of youth death in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated between 2004-2006 there was an average of 266 deaths per year attributed to suicide among people aged 15-24 years, accounting for 20% of deaths in this age group. One of the defining factors for better mental health outcomes for youth is to encourage them to seek help early. The stigma of mental illness held by young people and a lack of awareness can both be barriers to early intervention. Our communities need to look at taking a different approach when educating and engaging young people around topics of youth mental health. We need to take responsibility and educate ourselves and our young people to be more aware of mental health issues, seek help early and continue to reduce the numbers of young people that die by suicide! Mind Blank helps produce a more creative outlet as a solution to this problem.
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Mind Blank is recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness & education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.
We Aim To:
Roll Mind Blank programs out Australia wide. We will start by focusing on self-sustaining the model in the NSW state commencing with the areas highlighted in our upcoming events.
Like what we do? Why not donate to the team?
To Date Mind Blank has hosted over 100 programs to over 20,000 young people across Australia.
Want to know more about what we have to offer? Please click on the appropriate link:
Mind Blank for Schools https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-for-schools
Partnerships and Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/partnerships-and-collaborations
Cultural Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-cultural-collaborations
Leadership Conferences and Youth Mental Health Forums https://www.mindblank.org.au/leadership-conferences-and-youth-mental-health-forums
Transitioning to the Work Place https://www.mindblank.org.au/transition-to-work
Speaking Opportunities https://www.mindblank.org.au/speaking-opportunities
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Voices in Action Conference
10 Aug 2017 Voices in Action Conference
The theme for the 2017 CREATE Foundation Conference is all about creating positive change to improve the lives of children and young people in care. The Conference will be held at the newly built International Convention Centre, Sydney from the 10th to 12th August 2017 and is open to all children and young people with a care experience in Australia. The Conference will also be open to and appealing to carers, government officials and those working in the sector.
Proudly hosted by CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people in out-of-home care. CREATE provides programs and services to create a better life for children and young people with a statutory care experience.
The overall purpose of Voices in Action: empowering young people for positive change is to provide an international forum for young people with a care experience to learn and grow, build self-confidence, and to connect with their peers and those working within the system. The collective aim is to enhance community awareness and to reduce the stigma associated with children and young people with a care experience and to provide them with an avenue to feel empowered, informed, and to have a say and be heard.
The Conference is an opportunity for children and young people to have a say in the system designed to protect and support them, and engage with key decision makers in child protection.
2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference
26 Jul 2017 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference
We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Queensland, 26 – 29 July 2017. The theme Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life will be designed to bring to the fore these thematic issues in suicide prevention and how they may help or hinder implementation of initiatives at the community level.
Title Mind Blank & TEAMhealth Providing Culturally Appropriate and Engaging Mental Health Activities to Youths Across the Top End of Australia
Mind Blank @ Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
02 Jun 2017 Mind Blank @ Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
Mind Blank will be featured at Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo. This event is an opportunity for students, job seekers and career advisers to connect with organisations for guidance.
Yarra Ranges Youth Summit 2017
29 May 2017 Yarra Ranges Youth Summit 2017
Bunnings BBQ WOLLONGONG
14 May 2017 Bunnings BBQ WOLLONGONG
Grab some snags at Wollongong Bunnings to help the work of Mind Blank! See you there!
South West Connect Youth Mental Health Conference
03 May 2017 South West Connect Youth Mental Health Conference
South West Connect (SWC) are facilitating a partnership between various community organisations with a focus on mental health entitled the Mental Health Alliance Partnership.
The Alliance plan to hold a Youth Mental Health Summit which aims to provide young people with the skills to identify mental health issues, the knowledge of the resources available and to assist in ultimately removing the negative stigma attached to the issue. This forum is based on a successful model that has run in other regions throughout NSW.
The Youth Mental Health Summit will feature:
• Workshops, Exhibitions and an engaging keynote presentation on topics such as Identity, Stress and Anxiety management, Trauma, Domestic Violence and more.
• Selected schools will share their successes and challenges in reducing stigma and improving mental wellness in a showcase segment.
• Chance to engage and identify Mental Health and Resilience based workshops offered by local service providers
In collaboration with:
• Liverpool City Council
• Fairfield City Council
• headspace Liverpool
• Transcultural Mental Health Centre
• Western Sydney University - National Disability
Coordination Officer Programme
• Good Shepherd Australia & New Zealand
• Community First Step
• Youth Off The Streets
• FLYHT (Fairfield Liverpool Youth Health Team)
• Woodville Alliance
• Mission Australia
• NSW Health COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness)
• Youth Action - OUTBURST! Friend2Friend program
Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 4
24 Apr 2017 Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 4
Asking for help. Why is it so hard?
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help sometimes. There are so many stigmas about what will happen if you admit that you aren’t doing well. Here are some stigmas that I’ve heard of that have acted as a barrier for young people to get help:
- To ask for help you will see how bad I am going
- It is humiliating
- I don’t know how
- I don’t want to talk to a stranger about my troubles
- It is private and I don’t want you to know how badly I am struggling
- I am scared
- It makes me feel too vulnerable
- It hurts too much
To seek help is a necessity. It is a powerful tool to get support and understand what’s really going on. Stigma with mental health is real. Help educate yourself and others by researching truths and myths about mental health (Sane.com, 2016). It shouldn’t take long to realise that mental health can affect anyone.
Seeking help from the right person can impact on an individual’s self-esteem. If the first person they turn to for help lets them down, you have to keep looking until you find someone else who can help. It critical to never, never, never, give up. Things do get better.
Here is a short story from a young girl who desperately needed help:
“I remember speaking to the social worker. I told her that I was suicidal and she told me that I was making it up. My step mum didn’t believe me either she told me to stop attention seeking and grow up already.
…Later that day I was submitted to the hospital. I had attempted suicide 13 times that night. The doctors later explained that I had bipolar. They thanked me for not giving up.”
What are the best pathways for a young person to seek help?
1) At home
A young person may open up to you at home. If you think they need help the first point of call would be to go to your local GP. There are free counselling services that the GP can connect your young person to.
2) At school
Most schools have school counsellors and welfare teams in charge of student’s health and wellbeing. If you connect with the school any teacher should be able to guide you with what services they can provide.
3) Online Help
reachout.com and beyondblue.org.au provide some great online tools for young people
4) Telephone services
Here are some recommended help lines for young people
Lifeline (24 / 7): 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 18 7263
Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health service provider that is usually open 9am-5pm most days. To find your nearest location go to headspace.org.au
6) Finding other service providers
Wesley Mission has developed a responsive website to provide fast and reliable access to suicide prevention and crisis support contact numbers from any location in Australia. Find services with the Wesley LifeForce Service Finder.
 Living Well (2016) Mindfulness Exercise 3. Living well. [online]https://www.livingwell.org.au/mindfulness-exercises-3/ Accessed 26.12.2016
Bunnings BBQ GUNGAHLIN
22 Apr 2017 Bunnings BBQ GUNGAHLIN
Mind Blank is a not-for-profit organisation that generates awareness and innovative education of mental health topics in youth across Australia. We are creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.
Our vision is to be recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness & education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.
Our team builds confidence in young people from all walks of life and empowers them to seek help in a time of need. To date Mind Blank have hosted more than 100 forum theatre workshops around Australia. We have directly impacted over 20,000 young people on mental health and wellbeing topics.
Like what we do? Why not donate to a great cause? Come join us at Gungalin Bunnings for Mind Blank BBQ! Get some snags and cold drinks to support our work advocating for youth mental health. Help us raise some funds to continue educating students about mental health issues in your area! Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction.
Did you know? That suicide is the leading cause of death is in people aged 15-24 year. Reference: Australian Bureau Statistics
Mind Blank exists because we believe that no one needs to suffer in silence!
Some of our testimonials
As a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth populations, it is my opinion that the Mind Blank theatre forum topics have the potential to open up informed discussions around youth mental health issues in a way that is meaningful, engaging and real for the young people involved, and these are vital ingredients for working effectively with young people.
Youth Mental Health Psychologist
I was introduced to Mind Blank via a performance at Wollongong University. They performed to a student group of about 300 high school students. You could hear a pin drop- they had everyone’s attention, (including my own) in the palm of their hands. It truly was the highlight of the action packed day. In my 13 years as a PDHPE teacher, I have never seen mental health be brought the forefront with such enjoyment, fun and interaction. Their ability to engage students into this taboo topic is brilliant and the ability to keep the conversation going-that is the successful component of Mindblank. I can’t recommend this enough. Students will love it, teachers will appreciate the unique approach it takes to mental health and everyone will benefit from this much needed creative production.
Lake Illawarra Careers Advisor
I thank you for inspiring to face the demons of my past… I consider myself to be a survivor of the battlefield of depression and victor, I look back on things passed and realize I have changed for the better and have come so far and syllable have a long way to go…. Thank you… I’m truly truly grateful to have witnessed Mind Blank at our school”
Raising the awareness of positive life decisions when faced with mental health issues. This has been achieved by not lecturing but allowing students to make these powerful decisions themselves through interactive theatre arming them with the skills and knowledge to know when to seek help.
I quote from Warrawong High school principal Jenny Flowers “It was great! Some of our most challenging year 12 students stopped me in the playground and thanked me for bringing Mind Bank to the school, we all learned so much.
Team Leader Student Employment Advisor (Workplace Learning Illawarra)
Tackling youth mental health issues in our community is an ever increasing concern among parents, teachers, and the broader community, largely due to rising rates of bullying, depression, youth suicide and the growing demand on support services such as Headspace.
As a former PDHPE teacher, I understand the critical importance of education to the understanding and addressing of mental health issues in young people, as well as how difficult this can be.
Mind Blank’s programs give young people an in-depth understanding of not only symptoms of mental health issues, but also strategies to positively seek help and prevent harm. As teachers working closely with students on these issues, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Mind Blanks work and I encourage you to come along and see how the Scuba Initiative may benefit your students.
MP Member for Keira
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Linda Q Chen
Linda Q Chen
Linda is a Canberra-based performer currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce at the Australian National University, majoring in English (Drama/Creative Writing focus) and Finance. She has appeared in a smattering of local projects across various mediums, including in ‘August: Osage County’ (2014) with Free Rain Theatre, ‘In Loco Parentis’ (2013) at The Street Theatre, and most recently the short film ‘Sojourn to South Lake’ (due for 2016 release). She also works as an actor/storyteller for AussieWriters’ monthly ‘Tales After Dark: Storytelling for Grown-Ups’ events and dabbles in various forms of writing ranging from memoir to poetry and more recently, works intended for stage and screen.
Eesha is an energetic and unique Canberra based actress/musician with over
ten years experience in both singing and acting. Eesha is a
singer/songwriter currently performing around ACT. Eesha also has extensive
experience in the field of acting which include; television, film and
Sam Moynihan is a Canberra based actor and theatre director with a particular interest in creating works with and for young people. He has worked with a variety of local companies including his own and is currently studying a Masters of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. He runs a blog detailing his experiences living with MS and appears at various events to support young people with chronic illnesses. Sam is a firm believer in the power of art to transform and inspire; values that align themselves well with forum theatre. He is always expanding his interests in this area and hopes to further his passion for creating social dialogues and assisting young people to navigate life.
Valerie Wilson RSCN RN BEd St. MN (Research) PhD (Monash)
Val is the Director of Nursing Research & Practice Development at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Professor of Nursing Research & Practice Development at the University of Technology Sydney. Val’s areas of interest are in family centred care, developing person-centred cultures, the use of evidence to inform practice, engaging clinical staff in action orientated research and improvement work, knowledge translation and systematic evaluation. This encompasses the development and ongoing support of effective workplaces, teams and leaders. The evaluation of this work, together with a number of local, state and International projects form the basis of her research work. Val holds honorary and visiting professor positions at University of Sydney (School of Psychology), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies) and Ulster University (Faculty of Life and Health Sciences). The results of her research and practice development work have been published in over 50 peer reviewed journals, book chapters and professional reports and presented at over 100 conferences, workshops and Master classes.
Toby Davis is a young performer based in Brisbane, who graduated in 2009 from the University of Wollongong’s Creative Arts Degree majoring in Performance. Passionate about acting and performance from a young age, he has continually been involved in workshops and community projects. He has studied the Suzuki Method of actor training, and has always had a passion for physical theatre. Combining his enjoyment of performance and community projects has led to his work with Mind Blank, which he is hoping to help grow and develop over the coming years. Three years of active impact with the team and he is still passionate about the working in our team.
Matt Stewart spent over 20 years as a professional theatre practitioner and was the General Manager of Darlinghurst Theatre Company which he co-founded in 1992. He was also a founding member and regular performer of Milk Crate Theatre for the homeless, where he fulfilled the role of facilitator/joker. While with Milk Crate, he successfully adapted the forum style of theatre for Access Week 2004 and for youth at risk in Campbelltown area. It is this forum style that Matt applies to Mind Blank, aligning his experience and skill with the vision of the organisation
Louisa Raft graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean’s Scholar) Theatre. As a mature-aged emerging artist, Louisa brings a unique perspective from her life journey to her work, which is influenced by her experience of navigating the world as the daughter of Greek migrants growing up in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Louisa is a performer, dramaturg and creative producer for the newly formed professional cooperative, Wollongong Theatre Company, and the all-female contemporary performance collective, The Adelphi Experiment. She is also passionate about community cultural development and is currently working on the Australia Council funded project Art of Belonging, a multi-arts based program working with diverse groups of women, girls and children in the greater Wollongong area to creatively share and explore their stories, memories and experiences of place, belonging, culture and change. Prior to embarking on her professional performance career, Louisa was the founding Director of Clinical Services of headspace Wollongong. Working with Mind Blank brings together her experience in young people’s mental health and her love of performance and Louisa feels privileged to have the opportunity to use her arts practice to help engage people in discussion and break down barriers to seeking help for mental health concerns.
Jon Rex Williams
Jon Rex Williams
Jon has been performing improvised shows for adults and children for almost 20 years. He's starred in multiple shows at the Sydney & Melbourne Comedy Festivals as well as performing in theatres across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Over the years, he has appeared on the ABC (Gruen Transfer, Hungry Beast, The Chaser’s CNNNN), Network Ten (Good News Week, MicroNation & Water Rats) and the Comedy Channel (Stand Up Australia) as well as in numerous commercials.
He has a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary School, Drama) and is currently the education manager for Impro Australia and director of the Theatresports Schools Challenge which involves students from over 100 high schools across Sydney, Wollongong & the Central Coast.
In the corporate realm, Jon has performed and run workshops for Woolworths, Qantas, Coca Cola, ING, AMP, Boral, Telstra, Australia Post, the Department of Fair Trading and more, as well as role plays for the Department of Defence and Westmead hospital.
Rhys is a passionate professional, innovator, leader and manager with an impressive record in strategic planning, marketing, sales and operations.
A background in medical research and pharmaceutical sales across a range of therapeutic areas, has led to a collaborative work ethic to deliver on key, first to market projects. Rhys currently leads Healthshare’s Practitioner Solutions team, proactively initiating change and implementation of strategy with the goal of driving productivity and innovation. Healthshare is one of Australia’s leading digital health companies developing innovative technology based solutions to empower Australian patients to make better health choices, while providing high quality tools for health care professionals.
Rhys has valuable experience in ongoing product development, marketing and management and is passionate about disruption in the health and technology. Rhys grew up an isolated part of rural Victoria and has is undertaken a bachelor of biological science with a focus on cell and molecular biology, also currently undertaking an MBA.
Role: Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Ally Kelly is the CEO of Mind Blank. She started the foundation of Mind Blank at 22 years of age in 2011.
For several years Ally has been asked to be part of the following health panels: Community Consultation Committee for the Grand Pacific and Medicare Local and Wesley Life Force National Suicide Prevention Panels.
She believes that early prevention offers the greatest hope for intervention recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating.
Her impact has received both National and International recognition.
Some sample community clients she has worked with include: University of Sydney, Schizophrenia Foundation, Mental Health Professionals Network, Australian Psychological Society, Youth Off the Streets, Navitas English, Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), the Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS), Wesley Life Force Suicide Prevention Networks, TEAMhealth and NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
Ally is available for speaking opportunities. Her key note message addresses the topic of living with passion and sharing stories from the Mind Blank journey.
Her appearance at your conference/event will be highly engaging and inspirational. Ally is a huge mental health advocate and her energy is contagious.
Topics that she can speak on are:
Leading with mindfulness
Creative career progression
Living your passion
Building a grassroots charity
Managing with a people first focus
Following your true purpose
For more information enquire through email@example.com or 0468912399
Adam is a believer in Toffler’s quote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
He says, “When it comes to improving the future for the disadvantaged, we need to stop and reconcile what we know and readily accept there will always be new information that we can conceptualise and implement into new strategies for the long term safety of our children”.
With a background in senior management and key leadership roles with the Australian Newsagents’ Federation, CROSSMARK Australia, United Petroleum; 7 Eleven; Yum Brands / QSR and Target, Adam enjoys liaison roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Institute of Criminology as part of his current role as Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Newsagents’ Federation.
Adam is the Chairman of MindBlank Ltd and is committed to achieving social justice within the community.
Possessing masters level qualifications and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Adam feels he can contribute to the overall success of MindBlank assisting in implementing strategic goals and further increasing governance procedures within the organisation.
Senior Project Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Former advocate Western Sydney Suicide Prevention and Support Network: Raising public awareness of services to assist suicide prevention providing a voice for those affected by suicide supporting bereaved families
Isha has over 18 years of business management experience. She built and sold her first company, a significant achievement in a collapsing economy, and migrated from Zimbabwe to Australia with her family in 2003.
In Australia, she formed a new company where she consults with SME leaders & their management teams, supporting their businesses to grow their people and their company by creating businesses that put people before profit. As a Director of the MindBlank Board, Isha is committed to educating people so they can understand how to empower themselves to manage their own mental health.
Isha is passionate about education, as she believes awareness is the key to personal freedom. Everyone has mental health, only some people experience mental illness, yet many suffer in silence because they do not understand how to manage their own mental wellbeing.
Role: Board Secretary and Creative Team Admin Support Contact
Janine Schramm lost her son to suicide in 2008 and since then has voluntarily worked tirelessly in the mental health sector. Janine was a founding member of the Western Sydney Suicide Prevention and Support Network based in Penrith, where she held the position of secretary for a number of years.
Janine has help establish two Suicide Bereavement support groups in the Western Sydney area; one in Penrith and the other in Richmond.
Role: Board Member
Ruby is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) at the University of Sydney. Improving the mental health and well-being of young people is of up-most importance and Ruby aspires to use her own skills to improve support services and encourage help-seeking behaviour within our community.
In January 2015 Ruby completed a Research Assistant Internship at the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. During this time she became the coordinator of the 2015 AHSRI Seminar Series, and the Health Services and Research Development short course Program. She is now passionate about applying her skills to help Mind Blank with their strategic planning.
Role: Creative Team
Lara is a Sydney based actor and performance maker. She is a founding member of Little Spoon Theatre Co. and with them has performed in "Where's My Money", "Tiger Country", and "Stitching", and last year produced the sell out season of "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea".
Over the last ten years she has performed with New Theatre, The Street Theatre, ABitOnTheSide, Stage Debris, and has devised and developed work with Lace Balloon, Earthcrosser Company, Elbow Theatre, Stage Juice, and paperweight productions. She has studied various techniques in Sydney, New York, and Glasgow. She's involved with Ninefold, an ensemble who train together in the Suzuki Method, and will be performing Antigone with them in 2016. Last year she was involved in several independent short films, and appeared in an episode of the new hit web series "Starting from... now!".
Lara works as a professional roleplayer with several organisations, is studying her Masters of Applied Linguistics, and has just taken up netball after an 18 year hiatus. Lara has been part of the MindBlank Creatives since early 2014.
Role: Creative Team
Neisha is a young and vibrant physical theatre and circus entertainer whose performance style blends a unique mix of physical performance and character hilarity. She enjoys the genuineness of performance and endeavours to make her work entertaining, fun and completely unforgettable! She is as comfortable high in sky hanging people from her neck as she is balancing on one foot and juggling knives! Neisha’s other physical skills include juggling a range of objects, spanish web, slack rope, MCing, comedy and she performs dare devil stunts like the neck hang of destruction and playing her ukulele upside down in a tank full of water!
Neisha graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Theatre and Media) in Australia and holds a Diploma of Circus Arts from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand. She has worked for many companies and festivals such as The Hoopla Festival in Darling Harbour in Sydney, The Flying Kiwi Circus, Circus Aotearoa and the Kidsfest Festival in New Zealand, Merrigong Theatre Company, Circus Monoxide, Viva la gong festival, Half-High Circus and Circus Wow in Wollongong, Arts Projects Australia in Adelaide, The West Australian Ballet, The Tasmanian Circus Festival, Free Associations production of The Nutcracker, and The Circus Proms series with New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She was featured in the New Zealand Geographic magazine, on an episode of New Zealand’s hippest show Pacific Beat Street and performed for over 30,000 people in Christchurch’s annual Santa Parade.
Charlotte 'Charlie' Truscott
Charlotte 'Charlie' Truscott
Role: Creative Team
Charlotte Truscott, or more better known as ‘Charlie’, is one of the most adaptable children’s circus professionals on the scene. From touring, creating work and running her own school she is continuously creating ways to give the circus experience to just about anyone she can. For over 15 years Charlie’s worked with children and adults of all abilities and skill level.
In 2009 she ran away from university and joined Circus Monoxide, and it was here her circus life really began. Here she worked as a circus performer, rigger, assistant to the artistic director, stage manager, outreach coordinator and head circus trainer.
Charlie graduated from Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre California in 2014. Here she studied under the world renowned clown and master trainer Ronlin Foreman. Specialising in clowning, commedia, voice, ensemble performance, acrobatics and mask making. Dell Arte is unlike any other institution, it focuses on ‘being’ rather then ‘teaching’ techniques.
Charlie has performed for other companies such as; Sydney Children’s Festival, Sydney Fringe, Park Life, Sydney Festival, Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney Easter Show, Viva la Gong, Merringong Theatre Co, to name a few.
When she isn’t busy touring, Charlie is the Director of ‘Burgh Circus’ in Helensburgh NSW. She has created her own circus school where she teaches classes and creates performance opportunities for students and creates shows to cast other professional circus artists.
Luke comes from a theatre and performance background, with a BPerf from AADA and years of experience in independent thetare both on and offstage. As an actor he has appeared in roles with Rocksurfers, Sydney Chamber Opera and Left Bauer Productions to name a few, as well as being a part of numerous indie and original works.
In 2013 he founded Brave New Word theatre company, where he acts as Artistic Director. The company is dedicated to the development and production of original Australian plays, and has staged five works so far, with Luke acting as writer, producer and director for various productions over that time.
Working with Mind Blank offers a unique experience for Luke, allowing him to develop his theatre skills for a younger audience, while practicing and playing with the 'forum theatre' style of performance in a subject as important as mental health.
Mind Blank is a health promotion charity, ABN 18 168 485 176, working along side service providers and local health districts.
We are registered as being a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Charities Not-for-Profit Commission.
There are many ways you can help Mind Blank. Some ideas include in-kind support offers, monthly sponsorship packages, organising a fundraiser or even one off donations. We welcome your ideas and support to continue our growth and professionalization.
Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction.
For all general enquires
Key information you need to know prior to booking a Mind Blank Performance:
- Mind Blank is Sydney and Canberra (ACT) based, therefore
- Performances booked outside of the Sydney/Canberra CBD, rural areas or interstate, travel costs are to be expected.
- Performance costs: Package deals available if booking more than one performance on the same day.
- Our performances are 1hr in duration
- Max audience size 200
Please note: during all performances we recommend that microphones are provided to the cast. A venue with a speaker is sufficient to plug microphones into, this can in turn increase the quality of our product delivery.
For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance call on 0468 912 399
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For general enquires
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For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance go to: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings
- Mind Blank is a health promotion charity and we are not a Mental Health service provider. If you need immediate help or information on existing services please go to http://www.mindblank.org.au/helpinfo/
- Volunteering for Mind Blank: all current volunteering roles will be advertised though http://www.mindblank.org.au/whats-happening. There are two ongoing positions that we are always searching for (information below), if either type of volunteering involvement interests you please enquire within.
- Our marketing team is always looking for assisting with generating more content for our website and social media blogs.
- Fundraisers are needed to help at fundraising events such as market stalls, high teas, recruitment drives, quiz nights, auctions and sausage sizzles. The best part is YOU CHOOSE what when and how you would like to fundraise for us!