The ‘Intangible’ Storytelling Project is the culmination of a group of dedicated carers and the collaborative partnership of services lead by the Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Far West Local Health District; Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services.
Family and Carer Mental Health Program Coordinator, Kelly Leonard, said the stories narrated by carers from Far Western NSW allow the audience an opportunity to briefly sense the 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 unique, 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,” Ms Leonard said.
A screening of ‘Intangible’ will open Mental Health Month in Bourke at Diggers on the Darling on Tuesday 2nd October.
Guest speaker Murray Hartin has been making audiences laugh, cry and visualise the spoken word with his unique style of bush poetry and Australian storytelling. Murray can be heard on radio stations across the nation and his story “Turbulence” is arguably the most popular spoken word piece since “The Man from Snowy River”. His stories epitomise mateship and remind us how lucky we are to be Australian.
This event has been put together by the Bourke Mental Health Consumers, Carers & Families Working Party with assistance from contributing sponsors CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes Family Mental Health Support Service, Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre Orana, Far West Local Health District, Far West NSW Medicare Locals, House With No Steps, Western NSW Local Health District.
For further information please contact:
Kelly Leonard Family & Carer Mental Health Program ph. 6841 2975