ROAR films raise aware­ness

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

In­tereach has launched a se­ries of short films de­signed to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues among young peo­ple and en­cour­age them to seek help if needed.

The In­tereach Reach Out And Re­lax (ROAR) pro­gram has de­vel­oped the three films which are tar­geted at young peo­ple aged nine to 11 years, 12 to 15 years, and 15 to 18 years.

Each film features young ac­tors from across the De­niliquin district and the real sto­ries and sug­ges­tions of young peo­ple who have ac­cessed the ROAR ser­vice.

As many as one in seven young Aus­tralians will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health con­di­tion.

The In­tereach ROAR pro­gram sup­ports young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies who are find­ing things tough, or who need a bit of help to im­prove their emo­tional health and well­be­ing. ROAR is com­pletely free and con­fi­den­tial.

In­tereach chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Keryn Fox en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to watch the films.

‘‘Most of us have young peo­ple in our lives, ei­ther chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, friends or neigh­bours,’’ she said.

‘‘Sadly, men­tal health is­sues in young peo­ple can be over­looked, but there is help avail­able.

‘‘Th­ese films show­case real ex­pe­ri­ences from real lo­cal young peo­ple who have sought this help and ev­ery­one can take some­thing pos­i­tive from it.

‘‘I think the films are a fan­tas­tic way to bring men­tal health is­sues into the open and en­cour­age a fo­cus on men­tal well­be­ing at all stages in life.’’

The films were launched to mark the end of Men­tal Health Week, which is held each year in Oc­to­ber. You can view the films at https://vimeo.com/in­tereac.

Kate But­ler, Tal­lu­lah McKen­zie and Rosie North at the launch.

Ruby and Scar­lett Hehir at the launch.

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