Warwick local aids farmers in crisis
ONE in five Australians are affected by mental illness each year and suicide is a leading cause of death in young Australians. Warwick police said an average of two suicides occured each week in Warwick.
These are alarming statistics from police and the Black Dog Institute are the reason Warwick woman Bubbles Barbierato feels so passionate about raising funds and awareness for this cause.
She is planning a fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute in Warwick on October 24, with all funds going to help bring the topic of depression and mental illness to the forefront.
"The reason I am so passionate about hosting this event in support of the Black Dog Institute is to not only support the people who are struggling, depressed or have other mental illnesses but to raise awareness and to encourage the people suffering to open up about what they're going through," Miss Barbierato said.
"I want them to know that there is support available and that suicide isn't the only option. Many feel like it is and feel like the black dog has really taken over their life and there's no way out.
"Most importantly, I want our whole community to learn about it, support it and not continue to sweep it under the carpet.
"A lot of you have been affected by depression or mental illnesses; a lot of you know or know of someone who has committed suicide... This is your chance to make a difference -- make a change in the world -- support people suffering and help prevent this from happening so often and so close to home."
Miss Barbierato said she was also touched by the passing of councillor Jamie Mackenzie earlier this year, which also inspired her to take on the fundraising cause. She has organised the event being held at the Douglas Feez Pavilion at Warwick Showgrounds, with big prizes for both raffles and the charity auction.
Californian country music singer Jared Porter will be the main entertainment act.
Now living in Australia, the musician is also passionate about the cause, with his greatest ambition being to help more farmers around the world.
Jared recently performed at CMC Rocks, and has had numerous award wins and nominations, including Golden Guitar Finalist for New Talent and Finalist for CMC New Oz Artist of the Year.
"As a musician you are asked to be a part of many events and fundraisers, and you have to choose the ones you believe in," Jared said.
"I believe in the Black Dog Institute because they believe in making a mentally healthier world and empowering people with mental health difficulties.
"I have had many family members that have suffered from depression and through my work with farmers, know the impact it has on them and their families. We have to keep bringing it into the light, and this event is just that."
A barbecue banquet dinner will be held in intermission, and all food sponsored by The Ranch Bakehouse, Carey Bros, Eagle Boys, and Zarraffas.
Miss Barbierato is no stranger to fundraising for charity, having raised $5000 at McGrath Foundation charity night in 2013, and is aiming to exceed that total this time around.
Phone Miss Barbierato on 0431166157 to buy tickets from June 1.