THE RAIN MAKER
About THE RAIN MAKER
The RAIN MAKER is an arts and health production for YOUTH mental health care and YOUTH suicide prevention. Studies show that farming communities in Australia experience mental health problems at twice the rate of the general population. However ‘rural stoicism’ and fear of stigma are common barriers to sufferers seeking appropriate mental health care. (Hoolahan 2002)
THE RAIN MAKER is designed to educate youth audiences around a range of issues relating to youth mental health care. These include encouraging audiences to:
- be proactive and mindful of their mental health care
- seek professional help when needed
- access early intervention mental health services such as Headspace, Lifeline and Beyond Blue
- talk to friends, family and colleagues about their feelings of vulnerability, grief and loss
- accept that life can be difficult, but in time will improve
- break down the stigma associated with mental illness
- support family and friends in their mental health journey
Billy-the Rain Maker-Jackson is a star footballer. He’s studying for his year 12 exams, managing a DJ business and seeing Lark. At home, life is not so easy. His step father is an abusive alcoholic and when his mother receives a cancer diagnosis, Billy is thrust into the role of father and carer. His life is suddenly not his own and his dreams of playing AFL vanish as he adjusts to his responsibilities.
Howie is Billy’s best friend. A talented dancer, he has become a target for bullies. After a bout of anxiety and depression he takes up football as a way of coping and finds solace in the friendships and support at the club. But he is also struggling with his sexuality and tired of living a lie.
Coach Wikileaks brings humour and life to the club though harbouring fears for the clubs future. A major upset at one of the games, reveals the challenges facing each one of them and acts as a catalyst for necessary change.
Each performance of The RAIN MAKER is followed by a Q&A conducted by the actors and a mental health care provider. Audience members are invited to ask questions or comment on the themes addressed in the play. Providers will also have information available for local mental health service providers and on-line mental health apps.
The RAIN MAKER is a multi- platform performance arts project designed to engage and educate YOUTH AUDIENCES around YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CARE. The RAIN MAKER is an Arts and Health Initiative for Healthier Communities.
“Excellent performance! So worthwhile. Thank you and keep up the great work!”
“Thank you so much. You have inspired me to see my GP tomorrow and to take more notice of what is happening to others. Thanks a million!”
“Woooooooo! Yeah! Let’s continue to encourage men to discuss their feelings and not let it manifest into anger. Maybe it’s time for sadness.”
“Informative, entertaining. Thank you for making mental health okay. And it’s okay to talk especially if you are a bloke!!”
“Really nice mix of covering serious issues whilst keeping it humorous. Very entertaining!!”
“In the moment. True to home current environment. Need more of this in country communities.”
“Well done. My ex-husband had a breakdown and wouldn’t get help or share his pain with anyone.”
“Loved it! Thank you for sharing this work. Q&A very insightful. The characters are so real, like talking to my dad! Wish I could have told more people about it.”
“Loved it! Portrayed men’s view of depression and seeking help beautifully. Showing how you can get to a positive place was fantastic. Thank you.”
“Eye opening. Very truthful towards serious issues.”
“HITS THE TARGET PERFECTLY! KEEP THIS GOING!”
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