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The Caring Together Art Journal Project

Mental health carers as partners in recovery

The Intangible Storytelling Project

We are very proud to host the beautiful stories and photographs from the award winning Intangible Storytelling Project on this site. We hope you will join us in celebrating what we see as a very exciting collaboration of storytelling projects sharing the same goals. It is another big step in this conversation. Please enjoy. We hope it inspires you.


The Intangible Storytelling Project shares the journey of carers, supporting someone they love living with mental illness, from the Far West of NSW. Intangible has been themed around the local landscapes, allowing a common visual link to the communities the carers live in and a connection with the underlying themes of Intangible – tempest, isolation, diversity, connections, resilience, rejuvenation and thriving.

The resilience these carers have, their strengths and hopes can be reflected within the landscape … from dust storms that can turn day into night in a matter of minutes, years of drought and water restrictions to overnight flooding, from parched earth to wildflowers as far as the eye can see …

Speaking up and being identified in a small community can be as daunting as it is empowering. Being allowed the privilege of entering another’s world and sharing their story with us takes much courage. These stories reflect strength, insight and unconditional love.

Perhaps Intangible will allow you to stop, take a moment, reflect on your own views and maybe for some, even change the way you think. For those of you who are supporting a loved one living with mental illness, we hope Intangible will remind you that you are not alone and inspire you to stand up, acknowledge your very important role and be heard.

Many thanks to …

Tanya Clifton, Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Far West Local Health District, NSW and the mental health carers and family members who shared their stories with us.

Note: As this website is shifting from a membership site to open access every story is being updated, and will be added gradually as permissions are reconfirmed.  I hope to have this finished in early July 2020.

Video: Pat's story (2012)

Pat is from Broken Hill in remote New South Wales. She shares her experience caring for a much loved daughter diagnosed with schizophrenia.  "Mostly I like to laugh - it makes me feel good, I can forget about things for a second"

Comments

The “Intangible – Insights and Inspirations ” was the first thing I have looked at on the caringtogether website. I have been truely moved – partly because I lived in Broken Hill for a while so I related strongly to the images. But mostly I was affected by the shared comments about caring. I returned to Sydney to be carer for my mum who had had major cancer surgery and was developing dementia – it was the dementia that got her in the end and I struggled with the caring role and being a working sole parent. Now my son has grown up and has bi-polar and has moved back home for the support, so I am a carer again… I will be letting my own carer “clients” and other carer support people and organisations know about this wonderful project – and the whole website. We need inspiration just to gather the strength to keep on caring…. Thanks for sharing you thoughts and photos.

Comment received on “The Intangible Project” 7 May 2014

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