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Launch of beyondblue Indigenous videos for interactive HITnet Community Hubs

Julie Gibson, co-founder of HITnet, Robbie McGuiness, whose video story will be featured on the kiosks, Helen Travers, cofounders of HITnet and beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO. Image supplied

supplied by beyondblue 26 October 2013


eyondblue has launched three short videos via HITnet community hubs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia, and via HITnet’s website. HITnet is a national network of 70 community hubs, which are interactive touchscreen kiosks with WiFi access for mobile devices, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including seven correctional centres in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and the Melbourne Children’s Court. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said beyondblue wants to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in communities with two Stories for Keeping Strong and a personal story from the Stop. Think. Respect. anti- discrimination campaign. “The Stories for keeping strong videos, highlight signs and symptoms for families and

communities as well as giving culturally-appropriate information about healing and support for depression and anxiety,” Ms Carnell said. “The first ‘Keeping strong’ video, the Arrernte story was developed in collaboration with Santa Teresa/ Ltyentye Apurte community in Central Australia, while the second, an urban story was developed in collaboration with Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service and communities. “In the third video, from the Stop. Think. Respect campaign, Robbie McGuiness, a young man from the Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Wuradjeri tribes, talks about his experiences of discrimination and his journey towards hope, resilience and recovery. “Research shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are almost three times as likely to experience high or very high levels of psychological distress and that the rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people is almost three times higher than that of nonIndigenous Australians. “After working with the Marngrook Footy Show this year, beyondblue continues to look for new ways to communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and the ways they can access help. We hope having our information available on these community hubs will encourage people to take action for support and healing if they need it,” Ms Carnell said. HITnet’s co-founder Julie Gibson said they are very pleased to partner with beyondblue to develop this interactive learning module. “These resources are produced with the community for the community, are engaging and will be well received. It will be a welcome addition to the collection of mental health resources that are currently displayed on the HITnet national network,” she said.

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Launch of beyondblue indigenous videos