Sep 30
Stories bringing alive the experience of mental illness – “intangible”

The ‘Intangible’ Storytelling Project is the culmination of a group of dedicated carers and the collaborative partnership of services including Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Far West Local Health District; My Time Project, Richmond Fellowship; Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services, Far West Local Health District; CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes; Far West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre; and Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation.

The stories narrated by carers from Far Western NSW allow the audience an opportunity to briefly sense the lived experience of daily life where a family member has a mental illness. The stories are accompanied by striking images of the local landscape and fit well with the feelings, dreams and aspiration of the carers themselves.

The stories of Barb, Freda, Isobel, Karrie, Margot, Pat and Rachel may be different, yet familiar to the thousands of carers who also experience daily family life with someone they love living with mental illness. Their hopes, experiences, challenges and triumphs may inspire you to continue living as you are, or challenge you to do something a little differently.

The ‘Intangible’ Storytelling Project includes the DVD with accompanying education and training booklet; a book of powerful photos and inspirational quotes connected to seven themes – isolation, tempest, diversity, resilience, connections, rejuvenation and thriving; posters of images and messages from the seven carer stories and a website. The different media enable many people to experience the honesty of ‘Intangible’.

‘Intangible’ will be screening in Carers Week / Mental Health Month at the following venues: Dubbo 19th October - Dubbo RSL, Guest Speaker Jessica Rowe. Guest Speakers have been funded by the Department Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs through the Targeted Community Care Mental Health Program (Disaster Relief Assistance) given to Catholic Community Services NSW / ACT and House With No Steps.