Men’s wellness campaign joins in SALT Festival

Peter Treloar
Peter Treloar

The Rotary Men’s Wellness Campaign exhibition is on its way to Cummins.

The exhibition opened in Wudinna in March and continues its tour of Eyre Peninsula at the Cummins Town Hall as part of the 2018 SALT Festival.

The campaign, created by Mentally Fit EP of West Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS), includes 60 photographs of 30 Eyre Peninsula men captured by Eyre Peninsula local Robert Lang.

It aims to highlight men’s mental health, educate and inform men about resources available, and to work at removing the stigma around talking about mental health issues.

Farms, cars, fence lines, beaches, boats, vegie patches, and workshops have been chosen as places of wellness across the Eyre Peninsula region by the 30 men who have become involved in the campaign.

The collection displays words of wellness from the models that were photographed, creating an impact for the viewer, and instigating discussion in the exhibition space.

South Australian Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns has commended the campaign.

Photographer Robert Lang said at the Wudinna opening he wanted people who visited the exhibition “to talk openly and honestly with those around you about what you get from the experience”.

“Arm yourselves with the tools given to you so you can use them to help those around you or even yourselves,” he said.

The Cummins’ exhibition opening night at 6pm this Friday, April 20 will include guest speakers Ivan Phillips and John Treloar.

Kicking off at 6pm, the free opening will be an opportunity to see the photographs, share nibbles and a drink, listen to stories and share conversation.

The exhibition will be open at the Cummins Town Hall on Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24, Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 to from 10am to 4pm; Saturday, April 27 from 9am to noon; Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1 from 10am to 4pm; and Wednesday, May 2 from 10am to 1pm.