These inspiring stories of people living with emotional and mental health issues were created during a four-day workshop in 2014 led by film-makers, practitioners and researchers. Each storyteller wrote, voiced, created and edited their own film.
The storytellers are from culturally diverse backgrounds. They decided that ‘Finding our way’ captured the collective spirit of the stories.
Listening to migrant and refugee stories can be sad, moving, and uplifting. As far as we know, this project is the first of its kind in Australia. It's an opportunity to learn from individuals and families who are making a life in a new country and facing personal struggles and mental health issues as well.
Dear Self, Akeemi
My Faith, My Anchor, Chandima
A harsh childhood lived on the Thai-Burma border, yearning for freedom and seizing the possibilities of ‘now’. Karen with English subtitles.
Doe Doh’s Story, Doe Doh
Psychiatric Superhero, James
The author voices scenes from his graphic novel about a light warrior's deep inner struggles and his resolve to overcome them. Also available to watch on YouTube.
Spreading Joy, Kim
Origami, laughter, good food, kindness: Kim’s ingredients for a fulfilled life and taking a positive approach to recovery. Mandarin with English subtitles. Also available to watch on YouTube.
Linh’s Story, Linh
Linh discusses overcoming severe mental illness with the help of her loving family, feeling welcome in new country and going on holidays. Vietnamese with English subtitles.
The Visual Conductor, Maria
A story about family expectations, taking charge and staying well involving art, personal goals and play.
From civil war, loss and uncertainty to safety: a refugee’s unfolding story. A lifelong journey toward happiness and inner peace. Also available to watch on YouTube.
I am Colours, Tuan
"Colours within me connect me to colours around me." Tuan sews beautiful hand-made objects and uses his keen sense of colour to connect with other people and the world around him. Also available to available to watch on YouTube.
About these stories…
Who owns these stories?
Each digital story is original, owned by its creator and was made to be shared. The storytellers have licensed ACMI, and sublicensed VTMH (and other agencies named as MHiMA consortium members in 2014) to distribute these stories. We welcome agencies and individuals linking to this webpage, however, the videos should not be uploaded to websites without seeking additional permission.
Can we use these videos for education purposes?
Yes. The stories may be used for study, teaching or training purposes subject to an acknowledgement of the source. For monitoring and evaluation purposes, please let VTMH know when you use the material in training or add a link to your website. Enquiries concerning reproduction and rights for purposes other than those indicated above should be addressed to VTMH.
Why won’t the videos play on my computer?
The videos will play using most internet browsers but you may experience difficulties, beyond VTMH’s control, if an old browser version is used.
Each digital story is original and owned by its creator.
This project was created and developed by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) in conjunction with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and the Centre for International Mental Health (CIMH) at the University of Melbourne managed the project.
Project coordination for MHiMA by Erminia Colucci & Susan McDonough.
Presented by the Digital Story-telling Program of ACMI, 2014.
Thank you to all the individual storytellers, their families and friends, the film-makers, support workers and everyone else who helped in the telling of these stories. The participants and organisers hope these stories encourage others to share their experiences.