Carpe Diem is a contemporary portrayal of every day Australian males dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression. It stresses the importance of professional care in times of crises, and highlights the importance of mateship and looking out for each other. With the rising incidence of depression and suicide among Australian males, a project of this nature is relevant; encouraging open and honest conversation and increased awareness. Carpe Diem is a didactic comedy designed for work place and community audiences; delivering the mental health messages in a way that is entertaining, immediate and highly relevant.
Originally designed to be delivered in the workplace, the creators John Wood and Megan Rigoni decided to take the film out to drought-affected communities, and show it in small halls in communities. The performances are 45 minutes long, and are followed by a Q & A session to encourage people to think and talk about the issues raised, as well as a free barbecue.
The most recent showings of the Carpe Diam play occurred in September 2019 in towns and villages throughout the Murrumbidgee Local health District. The areas in which the play toured were either in drought or severe drought. A RAMHP Coordinator attended each of the plays equipped with mental health literacy resources, and were available to provide support and link audience members to mental health care if required.
For more information, please contact:
RAMHP Coordinator, Cootamundra
0427 273 895