Rewa Worley

The importance of creative expression for mental health

Rewa Worley

The importance of creative expression for mental health

Biography

Rewa is a founder of the Waxed Poetic Revival, a member of the South Auckland Poets Collective, and also a part of the Black Friars Theatre Company.

He began writing in 2012 at the second annual Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam. Since then he’s performed and toured internationally, and been involved with a number of events and slams as an organiser and facilitator.

Outside of performance he has also had some of his works published, and recently completed his MPH at University of Auckland, focusing on the importance of creative expression and poetry in the mental health and wellbeing landscape for adolescents in Aotearoa.

I remember the moment I knew poetry was a thing. I was sitting at a workshop after a slam when I realised – for some strange reason these rangatahi felt more comfortable sharing things that they would never normally say, and certainly would go to see a counselor for, to a room full of strangers (and in some cases their peers) but that here, that was ok, and no one would bat an eyelid.

 

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