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Saskwatch add their voices to headspace day

For Melbourne band Saskwatch, headspace day provided the perfect platform to launch their latest single, Finger Painting. 

Its message is one that draws on personal experience in coping with anxiety and depression, and the effect and pressures of alcohol and drugs in today's society.

The band’s songwriter Liam McGorry – the son of headspace board member and mental health expert Professor Pat McGorry – said Australian attitudes toward alcohol are very much tied into trying to conform.

“There's a lot of pressure out there in today's society... with social media, inequality and limited opportunity... the pressure to be like everyone else or to be successful can end up putting some people in the position where they feel they aren’t good enough”

he said. "With Finger Painting, I wanted to contrast the anxious lyric with the happiness of the music... a bit like how a lot of the time we feel like we have to put up a facade of everything being okay..." 

In the lead-up to headspace day, Liam, along with bandmates Nkechi Anele & Robert Muinos stopped by the headspace national office to explain how they hope this song will help get a mental health message out to young people.

Lead singer Nkechi said Australia needed to have a sensible and realistic conversation about how we approach drugs and alcohol as a country.