Fire & Ice Gala - Brisbane 2018

Ignite the Passion, Sculpt the Future

We have all been touched by mental illness, if it isn’t us then it is someone we love, someone we care for, even someone we sit next to at work everyday. There has been a lot of media attention in regards to the ongoing stigmatisation of Mental Health, resulting in people not feeling they are able to ask for support. In recent AMA studies, this has been shown to be prevalent in the Health Industry. As a result those who are suffering feel they are unable to ask for help out of fear of reprisal, risk to their career and shame.

We feel the best way to start this conversation is with throwing an inaugural gala in conjunction with Darling and Co to help build a movement of humanising mental health, one heartfelt story at a time. All proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Beyond Blue to fund mental health and stigmatisation prevention programs. A collaboration of specialists, medical professionals and medical administrators come together to shed light on a very important issue that is close to all of the organisers hearts. We don’t want to throw a ribbon day, we want to start a movement, a change, we want to start the conversation.

Join us at our inaugural Gala to help build the Movement of humanising mental health, one heartfelt story at a time. All proceeds raised will fund mental health stigma & prevention programs.

Featuring celebrity MC, silent & live auctions, live entertainment. Price of ticket includes admission, food & alcohol all night.

Corporate sponsorship available.
We look forward to seeing you there.

One story at a time

 "When I disclosed to my manager I was receiving treatment for depression, I was never treated the same.. and my career went no further.. I wish I had told no one" 26 year old Theatre Nurse

"When I disclosed to my manager I was receiving treatment for depression, I was never treated the same.. and my career went no further.. I wish I had told no one" 26 year old Theatre Nurse

 "There are days I wake up and don't want to get out of bed, I don't want to pretend. If I ask for help I put my career future at risk, and I have a mortgage and school fees to pay for" - Medical Professional 38

"There are days I wake up and don't want to get out of bed, I don't want to pretend. If I ask for help I put my career future at risk, and I have a mortgage and school fees to pay for" - Medical Professional 38

 "There was a time when I would never talk about my mental health. Whenever I did speak out that I was feeling anxious or depressed, I would be told "others have it worse" or "cup of concrete Princess”. I ended up going through my adolescence thinking that these issues were normal and you were to suffer in silence because so many people were worse off. I soon realised that was not the case and I should never have been made to compare my mental health and personal situation with that of others in order to make myself feel better. I started getting seeking help and becoming more vocal about mental illness. I remember finally starting on my first anti-depressant and being proud of myself for getting professional help, so much so that I posted about it online. That was until I was pulled aside at a family gathering and told that I should never post about mental illness and taking medication for it, otherwise I could be sacked. That no one would want to employ someone with a mental illness. That was the moment I decided once and for all that I would not stand idly by and be made to feel ashamed for my mental illness and for seeking help when I needed it!" - 27 year old Property Manager

"There was a time when I would never talk about my mental health. Whenever I did speak out that I was feeling anxious or depressed, I would be told "others have it worse" or "cup of concrete Princess”. I ended up going through my adolescence thinking that these issues were normal and you were to suffer in silence because so many people were worse off. I soon realised that was not the case and I should never have been made to compare my mental health and personal situation with that of others in order to make myself feel better. I started getting seeking help and becoming more vocal about mental illness. I remember finally starting on my first anti-depressant and being proud of myself for getting professional help, so much so that I posted about it online. That was until I was pulled aside at a family gathering and told that I should never post about mental illness and taking medication for it, otherwise I could be sacked. That no one would want to employ someone with a mental illness. That was the moment I decided once and for all that I would not stand idly by and be made to feel ashamed for my mental illness and for seeking help when I needed it!" - 27 year old Property Manager

 "That's the point. To stand against, regardless of method used is important. Silence isn't enough" - Dietician 30

"That's the point. To stand against, regardless of method used is important. Silence isn't enough" - Dietician 30

 "You're less likely to disclose, you're less likely to seek treatment and support if you think your colleagues and peers are going to think less of you." - 40 year old Medical Specialist

"You're less likely to disclose, you're less likely to seek treatment and support if you think your colleagues and peers are going to think less of you." - 40 year old Medical Specialist

 The fact that many people still view mental illness as a weakness instead of an illness. If someone had cancer and sought medical intervention (chemo, radiation, etc) they’d be brave. But if someone struggles with mental illness, and reaches out for help when they’re struggling, too many people don’t connect it as a real illness and treat them as though they’re weak and unable to deal with the stuff life throws at them. Anyone who has suffered a mental illness knows it’s not as simple as “sucking it up”, mental illness is an illness and sometimes illnesses need medical intervention in order for recovery. The judgment from others makes it harder to make that call for help. 32 year old Female Finance industry

The fact that many people still view mental illness as a weakness instead of an illness. If someone had cancer and sought medical intervention (chemo, radiation, etc) they’d be brave. But if someone struggles with mental illness, and reaches out for help when they’re struggling, too many people don’t connect it as a real illness and treat them as though they’re weak and unable to deal with the stuff life throws at them. Anyone who has suffered a mental illness knows it’s not as simple as “sucking it up”, mental illness is an illness and sometimes illnesses need medical intervention in order for recovery. The judgment from others makes it harder to make that call for help. 32 year old Female Finance industry

 Miss Kitty (Entertainer): As a performer, my biggest frustration of how society see's, stigmatises and treats my mental illness is the assumption that because I am a performer (and often larger then life) that I can't be depressed or suffer mental illness. After all, I seem happy. As a person, i struggle with everyday life and feel looked down upon or dismissed by society as someone...unworthy. Unworthy or care, compassion and help. I'm told 'eat better, smile more, it's just in your head' without any understanding of how dismissive it feels. It is so important to de-stigmatise mental illness! 

Miss Kitty (Entertainer): As a performer, my biggest frustration of how society see's, stigmatises and treats my mental illness is the assumption that because I am a performer (and often larger then life) that I can't be depressed or suffer mental illness. After all, I seem happy. As a person, i struggle with everyday life and feel looked down upon or dismissed by society as someone...unworthy. Unworthy or care, compassion and help. I'm told 'eat better, smile more, it's just in your head' without any understanding of how dismissive it feels. It is so important to de-stigmatise mental illness! 

 "If we can't help ourselves how are we meant to help others?” - 37 year old Surgeon

"If we can't help ourselves how are we meant to help others?” - 37 year old Surgeon

 “ You can be seen as ‘normal’ yet state that you are mentally ill or have mental health issues and you become a bio hazard zone” - 28 years old - Medical Administration

“ You can be seen as ‘normal’ yet state that you are mentally ill or have mental health issues and you become a bio hazard zone” - 28 years old - Medical Administration

 Having the courage to tell their true story, because you know what the professionals say behind your back. - Paramedic Female 28

Having the courage to tell their true story, because you know what the professionals say behind your back. - Paramedic Female 28

  "It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse." - 30 years of age Company Owner Health Administration Industry

"It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse." - 30 years of age Company Owner Health Administration Industry

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