ROAR films raise awareness
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.