Men­tal health aware­ness films

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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

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 Rive­rina Mur­ray area and the real sto­ries and sug­ges­tions of young peo­ple who have ac­cessed the ROAR ser­vice.

In­tereach chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Keryn Fox said she would en­cour­age 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.

They can be viewed at in­tereac.

Any­one re­quir­ing cri­sis sup­port can con­tact NSW Men­tal Health Line on 1800 800 944 or Life­line Aus­tralia on 13 11 14. Beyond­blue also of­fers sup­port on 1300 224 636.

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