Teagan is our inspiring ambassador for The Big Splash WA. Having been a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital herself during her teenage years, Teagan is bravely sharing her experiences to highlight the need for change and remind other young people that they are not alone. Teagan, alongside her parents, has been courageous enough to shared her […]
What is The Big Splash WA?
The Big Splash WA is a vibrant art event that took place in the streets, parks and public spaces of Perth and surrounds from 20 January - 4 March 2018.
A huge pod of wildly colourful dolphin sculptures painted by local artists swum into town as part of a mass public art exhibition to raise mass awareness and valuable funds for Perth Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.
Four times as many young people are now presenting to Emergency Departments with repeated self-harm and attempted suicide compared to five years ago. An estimated 50% of children and adolescents are not accessing mental health resources until a serious crisis unfolds. This alarming increase has brought children’s mental health to the forefront of medical issues needing urgent attention. The ripple effects of a mental health crisis are enormous and we all know that the impact on families, school friends and the community can be devastating.
Early intervention and education have proven to be very effective. As such, The Big Splash WA was developed in order to encourage conversations around mental health to ensure young people, and the wider community, understand three key messages:
- You are not alone.
- It’s OK to talk about your feelings and concerns.
- Real help is available.
The Big Splash WA Schools Program is still underway.
45 schools across WA welcomed a smaller dolphin sculpture in 2017, which they decorated and have kept as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and well-being, and utilised the Resource Kits to engage their school communities in essential conversations about mental health.
If mental health and well-being are important to your school or company, you can still be involved:
- Schools can find out more here!
- Companies can purchase the Resource Kits to share with all staff, looking to educate and support colleagues and families.
- Purchase one of the remaining life sized dolphin sculptures that formed the Art Trail through Perth.
- Take up a Challenge – a wonderful group opportunity to raise money and change mind sets.
All funds raised throughout the campaign will initiate innovative programs at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders who are at significant risk.
Thank you to Business News WA who featured The Big Splash WA in their recent publication. The article highlights the campaign, which would not be possible without the support of our very first corporate sponsor, South 32. The article also emphasises the need for support and the importance of the Big Splash WA schools program in […]
Three years ago our son, who was just 11 years old at the time, suffered a severe and debilitating breakdown caused by mental illness halfway through his final year at primary school. It forever changed not only his world, but the entire world of our little family. In hindsight we could see the signs, but […]
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation is the main fundraising body for Perth’s only specialist children’s hospital. Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation was founded in 1998 as Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and since then has granted over $65 million to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The Foundation makes all funds raised available to Princess Margaret Hospital and the […]