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The purpose of the Story telling project was to develop culturally appropriate mental health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas of the Northern Territory with the view of enhancing understandings of mental illness. Over the course of three years, and with the involvement of local community members, a local steering committee, an Indigenous reference group and several key partnerships, several stories in animated video and laminated flip chart format were produced.
The stories included:
The stories describe the symptoms of mental illness, and highlight the importance of culture and traditional activities as well as developing a two way approach to treatment. The stories were pictorial and incorporated traditional healing music and popular music, plain English, Aboriginal English and local language, and blended traditional concepts with western knowledge.
The resources produced as part of the Story telling project have been well-received by the stakeholders. The project formed part of a larger project known as the Australian integrated mental health initiative in the Northern Territory (AIMHi NT), which aimed to develop strategies to improve outcomes for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental illness.
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