Friday, 12 November 2010

Outreach choir (Aboriginal Mental Health Program)

Queensland's Aboriginal and Islander Health Council has set up five community choirs to attack the symptoms of mental illness and bring sufferers into contact with health professionals.

Indigenous Australians are five times more likely to experience mental illness than the rest of the population - a problem often exacerbated by their reluctance to seek help. Now a new program's been developed to tackle mental health issues through song. Queensland's Aboriginal and Islander Health Council has set up five community choirs to attack the symptoms of mental illness and bring sufferers into contact with health professionals. The scheme has been given a helping hand by Indigenous country and western star Roger Knox, who himself overcame crippling depression and an addiction to painkillers.

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s3061813.htm

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