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I was asked to write about the links between music and mental health for prominent public health blog, Croakey. The article also made it’s way into Australia’s top online independent news site Crikey. You can find the article here:



Studio 10


My Croakey article caught the interest of journalist and former Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose and I was asked to appear on Channel 10’s Studio Ten. Unfortunately the interview is no longer available online, but here are a few pics from the set, where I was interviewed by Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop.

Reverb Magazine


Reverb Street Press asked me a few questions about the links between mental illness and music for a feature article. You can view the full article by clicking on the image above.



The link above is an interview I did with designer Dez Robertson and his blog about local professionals. Here I go a bit further into my experiences as a music maker and mental health advocate.


No offence

Below is a video of my talk/performance at the NSW Mental Health Commission Event “No Offence” in July 2015. I was one of several guest speakers including Olympian and author Matthew Mitcham, and ABC “The Chaser”‘s Chris Taylor. The night was designed to empower conversations about the language and stigma around mental illness and share some inspiring and funny stories of those who have lived experience. I was honoured to be among such great company and to be involved in spreading some positive messages about mental health.

International Arts Health Conference

In 2011 I performed at the Opening Ceremony of the International Arts Health Conference in Canberra. You can view my performance below:



Amy Vee and Chris Joannou (silverchair) at the launch of Newcastle headspace

Chris Joannou (silverchair) and I at the launch of Newcastle headspace


Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is Hunter based band competition for young people designed to raise awareness of mental health issues. Check out the video below, from one of the years I helped to coordinate this event:

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I was delighted to donate some music for a national television campaign for Partners in Depression – an Australian initiative for people who love or care for someone experiencing depression. The campaign led to a national roll out of the program and continues to help hundreds of Australians. It features my song Heart Shaped Space – watch it here:


Below you will find a range of links and other information on a range of mental health topics… thank you for helping me to keep the conversation alive and flowing.

Entertainment Assist – “Entertainment Assist aims to help people overcome the pitfalls of the Australian Entertainment Industry, through support programs and services, active engagement through its community and fundraising.”

Music Feedback – an Australian website featuring musicians talking about mental health issues.

50 Ways to Take Care of Yourself in the Arts – Article with some great self-care tips for arts workers.


headspace – National youth mental health initiative providing information and referrals for young people and their friends and family.

Bite Back – Stories and information for young people on mental health issues. An initiative of The Black Dog Institute.

Reach Out – Interactive website to help young people through tough times.

Youth beyondblue – beyondblue’s youth specific depression website containing information and links.


Lifeline – 13 11 14

A 24-hour telephone counselling and referral service across Australia.

Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

A 24-hour free counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25.

SANE Australia Helpline – 1800 18SANE (7263)

National free-call Helpline that provides information, advice and referral regarding mental illness including depression. The Helpline operates during business hours Monday – Friday.

Mensline Australia – 1300 78 99 78

A 24-hour counselling service for men.

Crisis Care – 1800 18 45 27

Information and links to counselling services for gay and lesbian people in Australia.

Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

A 24 hour telephone crisis counselling service for people across Australia at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.

Mindhealthconnect –

A trusted gateway to issues surrounding mental health care and your first step to finding relevant support and resources to meet your needs