On the 17th of October Mental Health Carers ARAFMI CEO Keiran Booth attended the launch of the ‘Intangible’ DVD and book by the Far West Local Health District as key-note speaker.
The launch was very successful, being strongly supported by the local community and well attended in Broken Hill.
The Intangible storytelling project is based on the thoughts, emotions and experiences of seven carers who are supporting a family member living with mental illnessin and around Broken Hill in regional New South Wales.
Keiran Booth in his speech launching ‘Intangible’ said; “When I first saw the DVD I cried. And I suspect I will again tonight. I cried because as a carer myself I could deeply relate to the stories. I could relate to the anger, the frustration and the disruption. I was jolted upright when Barbara Jeffrey, in her story, said ‘this happens to others too. It doesn’t make it right but it makes it much easier.’ ...
The DVD is a powerful vehicle for telling the stories of these wonderful carers. As well as allowing us to hear the emotions of the families and carers were are also able to see these emotions through the use of the fantastic scenery of the Broken Hill District.”
The full text of Keiran’s speech is attached below.
After the launch of the Intangible project, Keiran conducted a consultation with the 160 local mental health carers and other interested people who attended around issues faced in accessing mental health services in non-metropolitan areas.
If you too live in a regional area and would like to contribute to this survey, you may do so by clicking on this link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8DQB7Q
If you would like to order the Intangible DVD or book you may do so through the ARAFMI website here: http://www.arafmi.org/content/intangible