General News Research Therapies — 25 October 2013
Campaign targets Indigenous mental health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffer from anxiety and distress at three times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians, but accessing appropriate help and information is often difficult.
Not-for-profit organisation Beyondblue is hoping to raise awareness of these issues by putting information about symptoms, signs and help directly into the hands of people who need it. bigstock-Mental-Health-Warning--32532146

The organisation has collaborated with technology company HITnet to develop three interactive videos as part of the “Keeping Strong” series.

The videos bring together urban, rural and individual perspectives of mental illness through storytelling.

Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said the partnership was about raising awareness of mental health issues.

“What Beyondblue is trying to do in this partnership with Hitnet is we’re trying to increase the knowledge and awareness of depression and anxiety, the symptoms and what to do about it,” she said.

Beyond Blue says it’s confident the new videos will be well received.

Watch the full report in the video here.

This article first appeared on SBS NITV Online on 24 October, 2013.

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