Conversation in loneliness: The Great Separation

3rd August
Maleny Community Centre

Saturday 3 August


In a world more designed to pull us apart than unite us, what can we do to reconnect to our innate human need to live life together?

This event is a curated conversation and this event is an accredited professional development opportunity.

Joey Fry Connection & loneliness Advocate, Lived Experience, Protagonist in Documentary ‘The Great Separation’ Public Speaker, Disability Brand Ambassador for Growth Community Care, Aspiring Paralympian

Sanna Rissanen Founder of My Human Self will facilitate the conversation.

At age 23, Joey Fry felt so alone he attempted to take his own life. He awoke in the ICU 6 days later to find his right leg had been amputated. This same feeling of isolation and loneliness now effects 1 in 4 Australians. Now fully recovered from the experience, Joey searches for answers as to why it happened to him and how he can stop it happening again.

Can we find a way to live together, as united communities, to fight loneliness and reconnect in a world that is designed to pull us apart?

The Great Separation is now available to stream free on SBS On Demand - a ground-breaking social insights documentary that follows protagonist Joey Fry on his journey to understand loneliness and connection, guided by experts along the way. The film has been created with the directorial oversight of award-winning filmmaker Shannon Swan and cultural observer Simon Hammond.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This event discusses mature themes including suicide and mental health which may be distressing for some - discretion is advised in ticket purchase and attendance;
  • People with accessibility needs: up to 400 metres to car-parking; entry ramp; priority seating; accessible toilets; no hearing loop at this event.
  • No alcohol sales or consumption are permitted at this event.


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