The Common Thread
The CRRMH was an official partner of The Common Thread – a six-part documentary series that aims to reduce stigma and spark an open and honest discussion around youth mental health in Australia.
Director of the production company Being Here Darius Devas travels across the nation to meet young Australians from all walks of life, who open up about their mental ill-health and share the tools and tactics that have supported their recovery.
This powerful series launched during NAIDOC week with the first episode focusing on Darius opening up about the loss of his friend, Indigenous poet Alice Eather to suicide.
The series explores challenges faced by young Australians in a variety of settings, including rural areas, cities, coastal communities and tropical northern Australia, and features a diversity of experiences including Indigenous Australians, refugees, farmers, white-collar workers and members of the LGBTIQ community.
The Common Thread is an innovative way to reach regional Australians and talk about mental health issues.
Director of the CRRMH Professor David Perkins said that we know that in regional areas where our work is focused there is limited access to professional services, people are less likely to seek help and the suicide rates are higher.
“We are always looking to share positive stories of hope to our communities, and we embrace this opportunity to support the filmmakers to provide people with the tools and information to overcome adversity and improve their mental health and wellbeing.
“We also believe that by sharing young people’s stories it will have a strong and positive impact and it will help ignite open conversations with regional audiences,” he said.