Mental health awareness films
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. www.vimeo.com/