COTA Tasmania and Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania have collaborated to raise awareness of the role that senior Tasmanians play supporting a family member or friends mental wellbeing.
The film tells tells the story of Tasmanians with lived experience of supporting a friend or family member with mental ill health, and the impact their support role has had on them as they age. Set against landscapes from southern Tasmanian bush and farmland, the film gave unique opportunities for supporting seniors to tell their stories, to feel valued for their efforts, and to highlight the importance of connection and support for those in the community undertaking these vital support roles.
The film explores the themes of awareness, belonging and connection, and the important role friendship plays in supporting mental wellbeing at all ages and all life stages and is part of our commitment to Mental Health & Seniors Weeks 2021.
We wish to also thank the Tasmanian government and the Carers small grants program for making this film possible.