Help Is On Its Way

A national choral initiative, shining a light on mental health through song.


The Opportunity

Australia is in the grip of a mental health crisis, and men—who are statistically much less likely to seek help—are at particular risk: suicide is the most common cause of death for Australian males aged 15-45, and regional men are even more vulnerable.

These stark statistics inspired QMF to create a program aimed at fostering a national dialogue around men’s mental health, encouraging at-risk men to reach out, and raising awareness around the range of services available. Help is on Its Way featured Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band fame, delivering an eight-stop regional tour and culminating in a mass choral spectacular in Brisbane. The program offered singers of all levels throughout the state the opportunity to perform with Shorrock as part of this landmark project.

The Outcome

Independent Concerts (inspired by the initiative)
States and Territories involved

In order to effectively measure these outcomes, QMF commissioned researchers at Griffith University to undertake a study to measure the social, emotional, psychological and benefits of the event. The resulting report, which provided a solid contribution to the growing evidence base for the psychosocial benefits of community music programs, found that the program achieved the following outcomes:

  • Less stigma associated with openly talking about mental health issues by using a high profile event as a platform for discussion;
  • Greater awareness of sources of help and support through QMF marketing, promotion, social media reach, and on-the ground services;
  • Stronger communities through new networks and connections, and a positive shared experience;
  • Greater participation in arts and cultural activities through encouraging more people to join in and sing.

Project Overview

The conceptual sequel to the highly acclaimed You’re the Voice project in 2017, Help is on its Way galvanised thousands to connect through song. Led by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, founder of the world-famous Choir of Hard Knocks, more than 100 community and school choirs across eight states and territories came together to perform the Little River Band classic Help is on its Way, alongside two-time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Glenn Shorrock, and a slew of special guests.

In the lead up to the mass-choral spectacular in Brisbane, the Help is on its Way Flying Tour saw Glenn and his band headline an eight-stop regional tour, performing in Chinchilla, Moranbah, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Beaudesert, and Townsville. The tour focused on communities that had been severely impacted by drought, flooding, and instability in the resources sector, where concerns around men’s mental health were especially prevalent. The Royal Flying Doctors’ Service was present at each of the regional events to raise awareness of supports available and ensure professional support on the day in vulnerable communities.

A single voice is a single voice, but together we created magic. I’m not just referring to the sound, but the inclusiveness, sense of connection, and belonging somewhere that can make a difference.

Choral Participant

It made me feel human again. I can’t tell you how much of a robot I feel like, as a mother and a farmer’s wife. All of a sudden I had a purpose and a passion and something just for me. I felt alive, real, energised, important, validated, excited, and connected.

Regional Participant

It was an absolute pleasure … to have the privilege of seeing behind the scenes of such an iconic event. I feel truly grateful … to be present amongst all those amazing voices on the night!

CEO, Roses in the Ocean


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