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Short film highlights healing for depression in urban Aboriginal communities

Date posted: 7 June 2013

This week the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS) released a short film to highlight the importance of family, community and services in helping people with depression to regain social and emotional wellbeing.

beyondblue collaborated with AMSWS and producers, isee-ilearn, to develop the script and produce the film Stories for keeping strong.

The film shows a conversation about depression between members of an extended family - a young Aboriginal man talks with two Elders, an Aunt and a young Aboriginal woman. From their conversation comes information about recognising and talking about depression, and getting help.

Stories for keeping strong was developed by a story development group from the Aboriginal community of urban Western Sydney who discussed what depression looks like for them, their family and their community. They talked about the things that disconnect people, families and communities and the things that bring them together to start healing. Their ideas of a family talking around the table became the foundation of the story.

The voices of five members of the Western Sydney Aboriginal community were recorded to tell the story. Uncle Dennis Dunn, a Wiradjuri Elder and the owner of one of the voices in the short film, said he felt positive in helping to develop the story because it related to his people, it is culturally-appropriate and it is understood by the community.

Source: NACCHO Aboriginal Health news alert communiqué


Colin Cowell
National Communications and Media Advisor NACCHO
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Ph: (02) 6246 9309
Fax: (02) 6248 0744
Mob: 0401 331 251


Last updated: 7 June 2013
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