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Musicians looking for aliens
Looking for Aliens event organiser Duncan Sargeant and solo performance artist Jenny Sawer. Picture: Elesa Lee
A LOCAL musician is using music to
combat the stigma surrounding mental
Ten years ago Duncan Sargeant was
a patient in a psychiatric ward suffer-
ing from severe depression and psy-
At the time of his diagnosis with
schizophrenia, Sargeant was on the
hunt for extra-terrestrial life forms.
"I had a few wild trips," he said.
"I thought I was Jesus ... and I heard
roosters crowing inside my head."
Now that the 35-year-old has his
illness under control, he wants to help
others in similar situations.
He said that when he was at his
worst, music was his saviour.
"It gave me direction and hope," he
said. "So I just practised until I got
For the past seven years Sargeant
has organised concerts to celebrate
Mental Health Week.
This year he will play alongside
local musicians Jenny Sawer and
Sophie Attridge in an event he has
called Looking for Aliens.
In between sets of contemporary
acoustic music, Sargeant will speak
candidly about his experiences with
He says the purpose of the concert is
to educate the community about men-
tal illness and to challenge the stigma
"It's still largely unknown ... but
it's not some big boogie man to be
scared of, they're humans as well," he
said. "I alternate between music and
speech. I think people really respond to
jokes and humour, even though you're
talking about heavy concepts."
While all proceeds will go towards
the ACT Mental Health Foundation,
Sargeant admits the event isn't primar-
ily about raising money.
"My main goal is not to worry about
the money but to focus on the
message," he said.
Looking for Aliens will be held at
7.30pm on Friday, October 21, at the
Southern Cross Bowls Club in Turner.
Tickets -- priced from $10 to $15 -- can
be bought at the door.
Vehicle damage in Kingston
Several Kingston residents woke
on Friday morning to find their
vehicles had been damaged
Between 12.30am and 6.30am
police believe an unknown offender
smashed the side windows of 10
vehicles parked outside a block of
apartments in Giles Street, near the
new foreshore development.
Police also discovered another
vehicle with similar damage in Eyre
Street. The total damage to the
vehicles is estimated between
$5000 and $10,000.
Police are urging anyone with
information to call Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000.
Work on the Lyneham Sports
Precinct has stopped after the
possible identification of asbestos.
Work is being undertaken at the
precinct (formerly known as
Southwell Park) to create new ovals
and install a new centre road and
WorkSafe ACT has issued a
Prohibition Notice to prevent further
work in the area.
"This Notice will not be lifted until
WorkSafe ACT is satisfied that the
area is safe for workers to return to
the site," ACT Work Safety
Commissioner Mark McCabe said.
"WorkSafe ACT is investigating this
matter and will examine whether
appropriate safe work methods
have been followed at the site and
compliance with the Territory's
work safety laws.''
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