Youth Festival Health and Wellbeing Documentary
The documentary is primarily an education tool which promotes positive health and wellbeing messages. It is a 5 minute documentary which captures young people expressing their views and opinions about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and good mental health. Young people also discuss their views on mental health issues effecting the youth community, such as depression and anxiety, and the ways in which people can seek help for themselves or others such as friends or family members. Youth on the project developed relevant questions and interviewed other youth in the community. These were the following questions.
- What’s something about yourself that makes you happy?
- What makes you happy?
- How do you help your friends when they are down?
- What’s a positive way to release stress?
- Do you think depression and anxiety are serious issues amongst young people?
- Do you know where to seek help from?
- How important is it to be you?
- What makes you, YOU?
The documentary was filmed entirely at the 2013 Bellerive Boardwalk Youth Week Festival, and has a funky music background, cool filming of the event and a fun feel.
How was the documentary made possible and where to get it
The documentary was made available through funding from the Youth Beyond blue group and Clarence City Council's support of the project. The documentary was worked on through Council Youth Service workers, the Rob Harrison Media Group and the young people from the Councils Youth Network Advisory Group(YNAG) and from schools in the Clarence area.
Young people were pivotal in designing the script and questions discussing health issues, the filming and interviewing as well as the editing and distribution of the documentary. They were assisted by youth workers, but this project was primarily a youth project run by youth for youth. They have a done an incredible job and have learnt so much in the process.
Why was the documentary made ?
The documentary was a part of the funding agreement with Beyond Blue for the Bellerive Boardwalk Youth Festival 2013 . It was made to create a contemporary and relevant media piece which could be used to promote positive information for youth about health and wellbeing in Tasmania and Australia, and educate viewers of all ages on where to get help with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (which effect 1 in 4 young people) and early intervention strategies to help prevent the development of these issues in young adult life and adulthood. The documentary is available for use by Local Government and community services and can be used as an educational tool to start positive conversations about health and well being.
Where to go for help ?
There are a lot of options in Tasmania for getting help with mental health challenges as well as great online resources, which provide useful information:
- Headspace Hobart (03) 6231 2927
- Pulse health (03) 6233-8901
- Youth Assist & Clarence youth services (03) 6247-1230