August 8, 2018
At noon on Friday, August 24, 2018 Perth will welcome a new voice onto its airwaves.
With Audiotherapy, Sun-Mi Clyburn (28), Perth-based writer and performer, takes on a new medium on her quest to normalising open discussion about mental health issues.
“People in the media talk about mental health in segments, but you don’t see full programs dedicated to the subject,” says Clyburn, who hopes to make an impact with her new radio show.
Clyburn is passionate about mental health advocacy through performing arts. She amazed and moved audiences throughout Perth Fringe World 2018 with her storytelling and music production - also entitled Audiotherapy - about depression and everything that comes with it. She also donated half of the profits to West Australian non-for-profit, Youth Focus. The organisation provides free resources for at risk youth to help them manage mental health issues.
The radio show is a natural extension of Clyburn’s Fringe performance and also tackles a variety of difficult topics linked to mental health.
“It’s a platform to facilitate positive discussion about mental health and illness and to give people of all walks of life a space to share and connect and bring a new level of compassion and understanding to the subject.”
Clyburn feels that Radio ECU is a perfect medium to reach young listeners potentially struggling in silence. “It’s important to get people comfortable talking about mental health as early in life as possible, so they can develop self-awareness, resilience and healthy coping strategies,” she says. “Of course it’s never too late to learn.”
The online stream, live broadcast on social media and podcast version of Audiotherapy will allow listeners from all over the world can tune in and get involved in the discussion.
Audiotherapy launches on Friday, August 24, 2018 live from Mt Lawley ECU campus with feature guest Perth singer-songwriter, Grace Sanders and Marley Amphlett from Brotherhugger.
If you or someone you know needs urgent support contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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Writer | Performer | Radio Host | Mental Health Advocate
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