A PEAK women's health organisation are highlighting the importance of women's mental health and wellbeing with the release of five short documentaries.
Each documentary tells a unique story of how eight women from across the Loddon Mallee region have been impacted by the pandemic and the changes in their lives that have been prompted as a result.
Women's Health Loddon Mallee hopes that women can view the films and connect through other's real-life experiences to reflect on their own wellbeing needs.
Chief Executive Tricia Currie said the richness of each story and the diversity of their experiences and their backgrounds, shines through in all the interviews, despite only being 4-5 minutes each in length.
She said the women all live different lives, each residing in various parts of the region, and each with their own unique ways of coping through the uncertainties and changes they have experienced since the onset of the pandemic.
The theme of each film centres around one of the '5 Ways to Wellbeing,' - a framework that sets out simple actions to improve personal wellbeing.
The principles of well-being include connect, give, keep learning, be active and take notice.
Ms Currie said across the Loddon Mallee women have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We know that our mental health is just as important as our physical health," she said.
"Yet, for many of us, particularly in times of stress, we can forget to focus in on ourselves and our communities and reflect on what we need to be well.
"Documentary is a powerful tool, and we know that real-life stories can have a tremendous impact for people. These snapshot films provide an insight into 8 women's lives and the daily wisdoms they follow to be able to cope through the pandemic."
The films are part of a larger project and campaign that WHLM have delivered alongside project partners Bendigo Community Health Services and Northern District Community Health to highlight the gendered impacts of the pandemic, and the need to build a gender-responsive road to recovery.
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