Highly respected in Adelaide for his quality workmanship and contribution to the local music scene, owner of Salvi’s Fine Guitars, Steve Salvi wants to change the tune of mental health awareness.
“World Mental Health Day – 10 October – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
Stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice remains an issue in Australia, delaying or preventing people from wanting or feeling able to seek help, and impacting adversely on their lives.
Misconceptions and misrepresentations about those experiencing mental illness are damaging to people’s lives.” (1010.org.au)
Often seen jumping around and having a great time in bands Hey Harriet, Bromham, Koleh, and Sturt Avenue, Georgy Rochow is known for her sets full of “positive, feel-good vibes” that get the crowd moving and shaking. With her new project Georgy & Delilah, Georgy aims to focus less on getting the crowd moving and shaking, and more on getting them to internalise the lyrics and connect through their own past experiences of love, loss, and life.
I caught up with Georgy ahead of the release of “Lose You”, her first track from her solo project, to talk about addiction and mental health within the music industry, and why this new project is so important to her.
What is Art and Mental Health AU and why is it important?
Let me share a little bit about myself and the main reasons why I felt I had to create something like AAMHAU.
As someone who has many male friends, I often get a glimpse of the inner turmoil that these men face when going through tough times, battling between needing to express themselves and what they’re going through, and upholding stoicism and masculinity.