Filmmaker Zac Lockhart at the launch of The Flourish A-B-C of Mental Health at the Albert Hall in Launceston. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSONA NEW film created by a 19-year-old Launceston man is raising awareness of ways to improve and take care of mental health.
Zac Lockhart spoke to 120 people from around Tasmania during Mental Health Week last year about how they kept mentally healthy, for a film conceived by consumer organisation Flourish.
Executive officer Miranda Ashby said the film, launched by Health Minister Michael Ferguson at Launceston’s Albert Hall on Saturday, was built around the simple message of “act, belong, commit”.
“To keep mentally healthy, you need to act, you need to do something about keeping mentally healthy, it’s not going to happen by itself,” Ms Ashby said.
“It’s often belonging to a community group, or to a club, or to a bunch of friends, so it’s about making sure that you’re connected, and committing to actually doing those things, to acting and belonging to a group.” Lockhart said that as someone affected by mental illness, he knew how important it was that people talked about mental health to reduce stigma.
“Mental health affects us all,” he said. Ms Ashby said the film would also be screened in the South and North-West, on Flourish’s website and YouTube.
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