The SYDNEY MAD PRIDE YOUTH EVENT is a community development initiative to breakdown stigma and celebrate humanity through information, arts and cultural exchange.
The annual event aims to raise awareness of dual diagnosis (coexisting mental health & substance use issues) and address taboos associated with young people’s access to mental health services.
The SYDNEY MAD PRIDE YOUTH EVENT is a free cultural event where young people (aged 15-30) who access mental health services in Sydney can celebrate their culture and creative talents through drama, dance, music, visual arts and film.
The event also includes forums on mental health and an expo of organisations that provide young people with mental health services.
The SYDNEY MAD PRIDE YOUTH EVENT objectives are:
- To raise awareness of dual diagnosis amongst young people.
- To breakdown stigma associated with mental health.
- To profile mental health organisations who service young people in NSW.
- To celebrate the creativity talents of young people experiencing mental health issues.
- To raise media awareness of youth mental health issues.
- Provide high-profile event for mental health service providers to engage the arts in their core programs.
The SYDNEY MAD PRIDE YOUTH EVENT is produced by the “Speak Out” Dual Diagnosis team at Weave Youth Family Community (Formerly known as South Sydney Youth Services).