Authors: Community Newspaper Group Journalist: Rachel Watts
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award category: Community / Regional Print Media
Abstract: Out of Mind: Uncovering Mental Illness was a fortnightly series run over 10 weeks in the Community Newspaper Group’s Western Suburbs Weekly. Topics to be considered in the series were drafted after attending public forums on mental illness run by community support group Arafmi. However, after the first article, Burden will get heavier support organisations and groups began calling offering topics for inclusion. The result was a wealth of information about problems faced by people with mental illness and the need for improved mental health awareness that could scarcely be covered in five editions. The articles focused on the stories of people with mental illness, ways to identify mental illness and the services available. A balance between problems and solutions was sought to avoid focusing on the negative side of mental illness. Comment was sought from professionals at a local level and service providers. When speaking with consumers every effort was made to put them at ease. Description of Facility/Organisation:
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