Red Cross and triple j release playlist to help young people recover from trauma

A partnership between triple j and the Australian Red Cross has led to the development of a recovery playlist to help young people who have experienced significant trauma. The playlist contains new music, expert advice and storytelling “to let young people know they are not alone” says Red Cross National Recovery Coordinator, Kate Brady.

Brady says that recovering from a traumatic event, such as a bushfire, flood or medical emergency, can be a long and difficult process with particular challenges for teenagers and young adults.

"Our experience in the aftermath of disasters like the Black Saturday bushfires is that people aged 12 to 25 need dedicated resources to help them engage in the recovery process," said Ms Brady.

"We have partnered with triple j to produce the playlist which is full of new music, recovery messages from well-known triple j identities and advice from a number of experts.

“It is a powerful way to deliver important information in a format that young people prefer and that they can access in their own time."

The playlist includes:

  • Music from 13 artists from triple j Unearthed - APES, Atluk, City Riots, The Falls, ILUKA, Patrick James, L-Fresh the Lion, Jeremy Neale, Rainy Day Woman, Redspencer, Phebe Starr, Tigertown and Tyler Touché.
  • Recovery messages from triple j's breakfast presenters Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson and a discussion from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on how your mind responds to a disaster.
  • Expert advice on maintaining relationships from Lyndal Power of Relationships Australia, on sleep from adolescent psychotherapist Bronwyn Tarrant, on diet and exercise from Dr Peter Lewis, on mindfulness and meditation from Dr Craig Hassed of Monash University, on taking care of your pets from the RSPCA and on the importance of the environment with Landcare.

The Red Cross will promote the playlist in evacuation and recovery centres when disasters strike. You can download and listen to the recovery playlist here.

Australian Red Cross, 20 November 2012

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