THE HELP IS ON ITS WAY PROJECT
A national choral initiative fostering a dialogue around mental health, particularly for our men and boys.
Less than half of Australians living with a mental health issue seek professional help with men being much less likely to seek help than women. Suicide is currently the most common cause of death for males aged 15-45 years and people living in regional areas are at a significantly higher risk.
The Help is on its Way Project, developed by QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan, offers an opportunity to join a national initiative fostering a dialogue around mental health, raising awareness of available services and encouraging help-seeking behaviours, particularly for our men and boys. We are reaching out across the nation with an inclusive and open invitation for individuals and choirs of all levels, abilities and sizes to learn the powerful hit, ‘Help is on its Way’ by Glenn Shorrock.
In 2019, we will come together to sing ‘Help is on its Way’:
- For our fathers and sons, brothers, uncles, aunties, cousins, colleagues and friends, because we all need help sometimes and that’s OK.
- In tribute to the people and services who are there to help us when it is not OK.
- For ourselves and for each other, because it just feels good to sing and share a moment that feels OK.
Mass Choral Event
The project will culminate in mass choral event to be held in Brisbane on Saturday 27 July 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This profound and transformative opportunity to sing with a choir of thousands will be led by acclaimed conductor, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, with a special guest appearance by two-time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Glenn Shorrock and many more.
The concert will be live-streamed via our website, so if you can’t be there on the night, you can host a concert in your own community and still be part of this event by accompanying the live-stream.
In addition, during the 2019 Queensland Music Festival, Glenn Shorrock and his band will headline an outback tour, performing in regional Queensland towns including Chinchilla, Moranbah, Hughenden, Barcaldine, Birdsville, Cunnamulla and Beaudesert. During the finale of each regional concert Glenn will perform ‘Help is on its Way’, accompanied by local voices. If you live in regional Queensland this may be your once in a lifetime opportunity to sing with a legendary Australian artist.
For regional tour details, click here.
Sing the Song
In May 2019, after the Festival has officially announced this project, we hope you will include ‘Help is on its Way’ in your performance repertoire. All we ask is that your audience know that this is part of a national initiative in support of mental health awareness, particularly for our men and boys. There will also be opportunities for choirs to pop-up and perform during the Queensland Music Festival and on the day of the final event as well as many other ways to be involved.
Registrations for 2019 are now closed.
The Help is on its Way Project is the sequel to You’re the Voice the acclaimed highlight of QMF 2017 in which thousands of choristers united their voices to turn the tide on domestic violence, along with special guest artist John Farnham.
QMF is grateful for the support and advice of the Black Dog Institute, a medical research institute focused on mental health, suicide prevention and e-health research, and Roses in the Ocean, a leading organisation for lived experience of suicide in Australia that exists to change the way suicide is spoken about, understood and prevented.
The Help is on its Way project is presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.