Youth mental health – superheroes have bad days too!

Young people are being encouraged to talk about mental health and wellbeing at a special Perth festival during National Youth Week (March 31 to April 9).

Superhero YOUth will be held at the very cool Urban Orchard space in the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, April 2.

Special highlights include live music with bands Death by Denim and Marksman Lloyd plus food trucks and community stalls.

The event, now in its second year, has been jointly organised by passionate young people involved with Youth Focus’s Youth Reference Group and Zero2Hero.

Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said the organisers wanted to build a sense of community among young people at an event where conversations about mental health could be held openly.

“The spirit of the festival is to communicate the message that it’s okay not to be okay – every superhero has a bad day,” Ms Kalaf said.

Zero2hero CEO Ashlee Harrison said the event would be important in promoting positive mental health for young people.

“This event is a free youth music festival encouraging all young people to connect with one another and enjoy themselves in a safe environment,” Ms Harrison said.

Youth Focus is a for purpose Western Australian organisation that provides free, professional counselling services for 12 to 25 year-olds and works to prevent suicide.

Zero2Hero aims to increase an understanding and awareness of mental health issues among children and youth people through innovative programs, events and education.

Free event tickets are available at

The Facebook event link is


Media contacts:

Youth Focus, Kaye Hopkins, 0448 882 893

Zero2Hero, Ashlee Harrison, 0415 566 222


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