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Announcement: Youth Rockin' the Black Dog 2016

Over the last six years more than 128 musical acts and 390 young musicians as well as their friends, family and community members have shared their love of music and engaged in mental health awareness and promotion activities through the Youth Rockin' the Black Dog (YRBD) music competition.

Unfortunately this year, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health has had to make the difficult decision not to run YRBD, due to inadequate resources to run the event. This decision was not made lightly and we understand this news may be disappointing for many, particularly for previous participants, and our stakeholders and partners who have been involved with the YRBD competition for a long time. We also apologise for the late notice, but were exploring a range of options that would have allowed us to run the event before making a final decision.

Over the past six years, staff at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have had the opportunity to meet some amazing young people and work with many dedicated professionals from a range of organisations in the mental health and suicide prevention sector, and the local music industry and business sector, who have been a great support and very passionate about this project too.

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health would like to sincerely thank all of the individuals, organisations and businesses who have given their ongoing and in-kind support to make the event possible to date. While there are too many important people to acknowledge here, we would like to make special mention of Gareth Hudson and Russell Frith for their continued contribution to YRBD over the years. We hope to work together with you all again in the near future.

From 2011 to 2015, YRBD was made possible with the support of Gareth Hudson, Russel Frith, Byron Williams, Brian Lizotte and the following organisations:

90 Degree Studio, ABC Open (Anthony Scully), Allan & Billy Hyde Music, APRA|AMCOS, Big Apache, Benchmark Mastering, Captain Fatt Productions, Centennial Coal, Commonwealth Bank Community Grants, Connec Ltd, EAO Entertainment, Enigma, Fat as Butter Festival (Mothership Music), Funky Lizard Studios, GT3D Animation Studio, Hazy Cosmic Jive Studio, Headjam, headspace Maitland, headspace Newcastle, headspace Youth Reference Group, Impromptu Music Studios, intouch Magazine, LD Operations, Limelight Creative Media, Lizotte’s Newcastle, Mine Advice, Musos Corner (David Hess, Shane Crooks), Music Media Tribe, National Music Academy, NCP Printing, Newcastle Live, Newcastle Museum, Psyborg, Ramsay Mental Health, Richard Bartlett Photography, Smith Psychology Pty Ltd, Stacey Cross Photography, The Loft Youth Arts and Cultural Centre, The Picture Cabinet Photography, The Studio Newcastle, Wilson Mining, Winding Creek Photography, Xstrata Coal… and the 390 young and talented musicians from the Hunter and surrounding regions who participated.

A special mention also to current and previous Hunter Institute on Mental Health staff who have led the YRBD project over the past six years: Mary-Kate Hoogland, Amy Visser and Kim McNaughton.

Youth Rockin' the Black Dog promotional video 2014

Youth Rockin' the Black Dog 2014 from HInstMH on Vimeo.

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(Last updated: August 2016)