CHARITY mental health organisation beyondblue has launched a short film to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about major depression.
The launch was held at the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney at Mt Druitt last week.
Story for Keeping Strong is one of two community films that highlight the importance of regaining well-being with the help of family and community.
Team leader Nell Angus, from Indigenous and Priority Communities at beyondblue, said Story for Keeping Strong includes a conversation about depression.
"The project took 12 months," she said.
"The first step was setting up a story development group, with the group members defining what depression is like for them, their families and their communities.
"[The film], about reconnecting with life and the community, shows what could be happening in your neighbour's home."
Kate Carnell, the chief executive of beyondblue, said people who lived with psychological stress, especially depression and anxiety, may not have recognised it or talked to family, friends or health professionals.
"We hope the film raises awareness of the way to talk to someone who might be depressed and helping them get appropriate help," Ms Carnell said.