Ashlee Maguire has known mental illness all of her life, but that's not what people were calling it when she was a child.
Growing up with a family member who suffered from sometimes debilitating depression, Ms Maguire said it felt almost "shameful" for her loved one to be unwell.
"I didn't realise they had a mental illness because people didn't talk about that," she said.
"It took a really long time to be able to put the pieces together."
As an adult, Ms Maguire has had her own experiences with anxiety and depression.
I didn't realise they had a mental illness because people didn't talk about thatBetty Confetti
One of the tools she relies on to get herself back on course is to reach out for help, with Beyond Blue often providing a listening ear.
To show her gratitude, Ms Maguire has organised an amateur-drag competition involving several members of the community.
On February 15, Ms Maguire and will compete against doctor David Howe, IT consultant at James Sheahan Catholic High School Scott Preston, public servant Matt Jeffery, lending manager at St George's Bank Stacey Carthew and her university student brother, Jack Maguire.
The brave individuals will strut their stuff on stage for the title of top drag queen, raising the roof and some funds for the not-for-profit.
"Beyond Blue is a charity that's really close to my heart," Ms Maguire said.
"There's no judgement because they don't know you personally."
In between the six-stars lip sync battle, professional drag queen Betty Confetti will show them how it's done with her own performance.
Her and Member for Orange Phil Donato will judge their routine and the audience will all have the opportunity to vote for their drag champion.
Andy Wheeler will emcee and there'll be lucky door prizes and raffles throughout the night.
Ms Maguire said individuals or businesses can contact her through the Facebook page, Having the Blues can be a Real Drag, if they would like to donate prizes.
"People have offered to do all types of things and offer their services. The generosity of people has been quite incredible," she said.
Tickets are $35 through the Facebook page. Attendees are invited to bring a plate of food to share with their table at the Orange City Bowling Club.
Ms Maguire said while she feels lucky to be in an age where we can talk about mental health openly and honestly, there is still work to do to remove the stigma.
For both herself and her family member, the battle against mental illness isn't over.
"They'll always have their ups and down," she said. "It'll be a constant fight."
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