The Macquarie University Centre for Environmental Law Roots and Shoots group recently collected second-hand DVDs for patients undergoing treatment at Northside Group.
According to the Black Dog Institute, 20% of Australians between the ages of 16-85 experience mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorder, often these conditions occur simultaneously. The Northside Group is a leading provider of mental health services with five clinics across Sydney. The clinic also has specialised programs for young people suffering from mental illness.
This campaign, organised by the Centre for Environmental Law Project Officer Ashley Avici, is a people-focused initiative which is designed to both raise awareness about mental health and provide help to those enduring mental illness. Macquarie University students and staff collected just over 500 DVDs which will be donated to the Northside clinic. At Roots and Shoots we focus on the interconnectedness between people, animals and the environment. The project aligns with this philosophy by supporting those individuals in the community affected by mental illness whilst also encouraging people to recycle DVDs that may not be used anymore – diverting them from landfill.
This campaign is an inspiring example of community spirit and has generated the much needed awareness that the issue of mental health deserves because starting a conversation is the best way to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
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