Lithgow Puts on a Show for Mental Health

Filed : ARTS & HEALTH, PAST PROJECTS, Supported Projects, Wellbeing projects .

A cabaret focused on the lived experience of people in the community with mental illness will be on show later this year.


Auspiced by Arts OutWest, managing the funding for this project through our arts and health work on behalf of Trybal Productions.

The show is supported by local mental healthcare providers and will be based on real stories from real people within the community. It will highlight the challenges faced by people with mental health conditions and use these as the basis for songs, poetry, comedy and spoken word.

It is one of four local grants approved by Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) under the Well-being Grants to support Farming Communities. The initiative is funded by the Federal Government and is part of the Empowering Our Communities project which was introduced as one of a number of measures implemented to support communities affected by drought.

James Daley, Lead Creative Developer for Trybal Productions, said the aim of the show is to enhance the social and emotional well-being of both the participants of and those who come to view the show.

“The project has the potential to help reduce the feeling of isolation and provides opportunities for informal and formal support. It will be fun and nurturing, and will help to build the resilience needed to sustain people through hard times,” he said.

“What makes this show so powerful is the fact that it is entirely based on the lived experience of Lithgow residents,” said James Daley.

Other organisations that received funding under the Well-being Grants to support Farming Communities were Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre (LINC), Capertee Valley Landcare Incorporated & the Lithgow Area Women’s Shed. Successful recipients of the second round of funding applications will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay, said the response to the Empowering Our Communities initiative has been positive.

“We are thrilled with the interest in the grants and have enjoyed learning about the strong community connections that already exist in Lithgow. We hope that the grants can build on the social capital that already exists.

“Since the announcement of the Empowering Our Communities funding, we have conducted a lot of community engagement and consultation. It has been a great opportunity for the community to tell us what they want and need.”

“The general consensus is that there is a definite need to connect people within the Lithgow area, not only to mental health and well-being services, but to each other. We’re proud to be able to support organisations like Trybal Productions to do just that.”

Wentworth Healthcare is currently accepting applications for Round 3 and is open to a variety of proposals, providing their project or service is aimed at supporting the well-being and mental health of the community.

“This is a very creative and practical opportunity for communities and we would love to see what ideas the community has to offer,” said Ms Reay.

Applications for Round 3 close on Friday, 19 July. For the full application guidelines and to apply, go to

The show will be held at the Lithgow State Mine on Saturday, 12 October. Ticket details will be available closer to the date.

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