Aussie TV stars helping to change the face of mental health
A new push to raise awareness of mental health through a confronting social media campaign by Sydney photographer, Glenn Marsden, is capturing the hearts and minds of a slew well-known public figures and the general public from across Australia and beyond.
Marsden, who was inspired by the tragic loss of a mate who took his own life, set out with a mission to capture a series of powerful images to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. The images show the powerfully raw, true face of those affected by mental health - those who suffer from it and those who have suffered because of it.
Over 70 local and international actors, media and business public figures who have revealed the imperfect side of themselves through Marsden’s lens and their own words of experience mental health experiences include Rebecca Gibney, Grant Denyer, Roxy Jacenko, Jeremy Jackson, Sam ‘Sam Mac’ McMillan, Willie Mason, Mel Greig, Dominic Purcell, Hugh Sheridan, Julie Snook, Wes Carr and more. All of whom have revealed the imperfect side of themselves through Marsden’s lens and with their own words of experience with mental health.
“I wanted to use my photographic skills to give people the opportunity to genuinely express their emotions and connect in a world that has become so isolating” says Marsden. “The images I’ve taken represent people’s raw emotion when thinking of their own story. They can’t hide or disguise it. It’s beautiful and authentic. That’s what the @imperfectlyperfectcampaign is about, accepting ourselves for who we are - mind and body, with all our imperfections. If we can keep encouraging people to share their stories, then I think we are well and truly on a path to helping people feel more comfortable to seek help and to remind them they are not alone.”
What began as a project has now taken on a life of its own. In just nine months, the Imperfectly Perfect Campaign has seen its reach extend across Australia, USA and UK and has become a powerful, rapidly growing global movement for change, amassing over 20,000 followers on social media and rapidly growing donations on its GoFundMe page.
“We’ve reached the stage where we now need public support to help us take this campaign to the next level and launching a GoFundMe campaign was the best ways to do that. We have even bigger goals to chase to change the face of mental health” says Marsden.
The Campaign is driven by a number of mental health initiatives, which, once it has charity status, can more easily raise funds to launch its mental health awareness roadshows, produce unique resources and establish its own mental health support network.
The fundraising page can be found by visiting gofundme.com and searching for ‘Imperfectly Perfect Campaign’ or visit the campaign’s website imperfectlyperfectcampaign.org.