TRIPLE EFFECT explores identity, love and relationships of the carers who gave up their dreams to care for those they love. Their patients are their nearest and dearest who are emergency service workers and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The film follows the exploration of 3 individual carers who are now reawakening their dreams. Join them as they find ways forward to love, to care and still be free to find their identity and fulfil their own needs through self-care. The debilitation of PTSD of Triple Zero employees is rarely acknowledged and even less so is the impact it has on their carer’s and their families. This documentary sheds light on intergenerational trauma and stigma surrounding mental health. It shows how the different carer’s courageously take a stand for their own dreams and identity to help break cycles of self-neglect that can come when we give our love and care unconditionally to others at the cost of our own inner happiness and health. Kim Hodge recently found the love of her life online and married her veteran/first responder husband Nick Hodge who has complex PTSD. Kim chose to give up her graphic design business and admits she was naive about PTSD and alcohol abuse. Kim is attempting to juggle caring for Nick while producing an artist book, PTSD & Love, which she hopes helps her relationship and other couples in similar situations. Kim uses lino printing as her therapy. Catherine Sadler is married to veteran Ralph Sadler who has complex PTSD. Cathy grew up living onsite in Gympie Fire Station and watched her mother cope with her father’s role as Chief Officer. Her mother taught her art and craft as a form of therapy which she has passed on to her two beautiful children. Like many women who start a family and are caregivers, they make sacrifices and Cathy gave up her career as a lawyer. Despite doing art and crafts with her kids she worries about intergenerational trauma - what do the experts say about this? Katie Tonacia married her teenage sweetheart David Tonacia, and they have three adult children and a gorgeous grandson. David, former Australian Federal Police (AFP) Officer, was diagnosed with complex PTSD after coming home from deployment. Katie felt stigmatised in her AFP job for being married to someone with PTSD, and she has recently lost one of her best friends at work to suicide. She wants to educate first responders about 'it's not weak to speak' and start art therapy classes with her Paramedic friend Fenji Stradwick - Can art help stomp out stigma in the workplace?
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
This film will start discussions about caregivers - our hidden heroes - and their important role in the community. Every week Australian carers provide over $1 billion worth of work - unpaid. Carers deserve to be recognised for their critical contribution to community and the nation, and they deserve respite. We need funding to complete our Triple Effect project and seek philanthropic funding and support to celebrate caregivers. We have secured the commitment and endorsement from The Australian War Memorial who will assist with hosting a screening of the film with a Q&A event, and archive Triple Effect - Who Cares for the Carer? into the Australian War Memorial National Film Collection following the completion of the film festival circuit. All donations are greatly appreciated.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
Aims & Objectives
The aim of the film is to highlight the important role of the carer - 1 in 5 Australians are Carers. The film will start discussion about the hidden heroes in our community - Who Cares for the Carer? Our objective is to raise awareness of the need for carer respite and support for loved ones looking after those with PTSD. The intimate stories will provide insight into how different forms of art are a form of therapy but most importantly the film will address carers issues of identity, love and relationships. It will motivate caregivers to consider self-care and take time to smell 'or paint' the roses. We will measure the impact from the activity on the films social media pages and the screenings with Q&A sessions at community events. We aim to launch the film during National Carers Week in October 2019 and tie into their events and promotional activities across Australia. We have received support and endorsement from The Australian War Memorial who will assist with hosting a screening of the film with a Q&A event and archive the film into the Australian War Memorial National Film Collection.
What is your education and outreach strategy?
This documentary sheds light on intergenerational trauma and how the different carer’s courageously take a stand for their own dreams and identity, and help break cycles of self-neglect that can come when we give our love and care unconditionally to others at the cost of our own inner happiness and health. The film will be screened around Australia and include film participant Q&A sessions to further educate the broader community. Social media will be key in promoting and marketing the film screening locations. The film will be submitted to selected film festivals. We are seeking funding assistance to help get this film completed and distributed.