TEACHING MENTAL FITNESS THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Mental Health Projects

Each mental fitness project involves the students in a KINDNESS ‘giving back’ project. This helps develop empathy, kindness and compassion towards themselves and others.

2020 PROJECTS

East Kimberley Schools Roadtrip

Like the rest of the world, COVID-19 has halted projects planned for Term 2. However, we are optimistic that travel will resume by Term 3. Thankyou to Harvey Norman for making this roadtrip possible. Schools are yet to be confirmed but  the project will be delivered over 2-3 weeks to schools in the following communities:

  • Broome
  • Looma
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Nookenbah
  • Halls Creek
  • Warmun
  • Balgo
  • Kununurra
  • Wyndham

It is a privilege and an honour to serve the students and staff of these communities who have taught me more than I can ever teach them. I have also learnt a LOT about  making spears, fishing, the 6 Indigenous seasons, basketball and bush medicines. We will be making a small documentary about this truly incredible experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. 

2019 PROJECTS

Deadly Sista Girlz - St Mary’s College Broome

In 2019 I worked with 15-20 St Mary’s College Deadly Sista Girlz Year 7 girls in Terms 2 & 3. The workshops focussed on friendship, bullying, self confidence, mental health and kindness. 'Deadly' is an Indigenous term for 'good' and these girls were nothing but deadly.

Giving back project

The girls designed and painted a banner for Balgo. Balgo is a small community 900 km from Broome. In April and May 2019, Balgo was shattered by the suicides of 2 young women. I asked the girls what messages of hope we could send to Balgo. With help of Indigenous teachers  they came up with a beautiful design connecting Broome (coastal) with Balgo (desert). I will be delivering this beautiful artwork to Balgo in Term 3 (2020) when I deliver The Unframed Project there too.


Kimberley Roadtrip May 2019- June 2019

I spent 2 weeks travelling the Kimberley delivering mental fitness workshops to remote Kimberley schools. Mel Thomas from KYUP (kyupproject.com.au) spent the first week with me on The Dampier Peninsula delivering self defence and self worth workshops.

We visited schools in Bidyadanga, One Arm Point, Beagle Bay, Lombadina, Broome during the first week. In the second week I launched the Unframed Project in Looma and Nookenbah and delivered mental fitness workshops in Derby. In these 2 weeks I delivered workshops to 400 students.

Gratitude to the Shire of Broome and the Layne Beachley Foundation for part sponsorship of the road trip.

The Unframed Project launched in 2019 at the following schools.

Looma High School, 

Nookenbah High School & 

St Mary’s College Broome – Year 7 Deadly Sista Girlz

Christ the King Catholic School, Lombadina

Last year the NAIDOC theme was VOICE, TREATY & TRUTH. In light of this, a one day workshop for students was focused on bullying, the bystander effect, helping others, using your voice, keeping safe and what to do if you see someone who needs help.

2018 PROJECTS

Broome Girls Academy  - Broome Senior High School

In 2018 I worked with 30 Year 7 BGA students across terms 2 & 3. I delivered weekly workshops on self esteem, confidence, goal setting, mental health, bullying, helping others and dealing with difficult emotions.

Giving back project

In December 2018, the BGA girls helped pack 200 bags for people who are homeless in Broome. The bags were distributed to Red Cross and the Mens Outreach Service. The girls spent 4 weeks hand making beautiful tags to go on the bags in Indigenous designs and colours.


Clontarf Boys Academy – Broome Senior High School

I delivered workshops to 10 Year 7/8 boys at Broome Senior High School during Term 3 in 2018. I delivered workshops on cyberbullying, bullying, goal setting, self worth, confidence, helping others, homelessness and mental health.

Giving back project

In December 2018, the Clontarf boys also helped pack 200 bags for people who are homeless in Broome. The bags were distributed to Red Cross and the Mens Outreach Service.


Department of Communities Broome – Children in foster care

Every Tuesday afternoon in Terms 3 & 4, I ran workshops for children aged 6-10 years of age who were in foster care. These workshops focused on self worth, resilience, support networks, confidence, goal setting and bullying.

Giving back project

The children made cards for sick children in Broome hospital.


St Mary’s Primary School Broome

In 2019, I delivered workshops during Terms  2-4 to 15 boys aged 8-10 years covering concepts of dealing with anxiety and worry, seeking support from others, confidence, self worth and goal setting. I also worked with 25 Year 6 girls on bullying, friendship, confidence, self worth and goal setting.

Giving back project

The children spent 2 weeks hand making beautiful tags in Indigenous designs and colours which were attached to the bags gifted to a Broome women's refuge.

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